Considered one of the most avante-garde architects of his generation in Brazil, Flavio de Carvalho (1899-1973) was also a painter, particularly of portraits, a writer, and a designer of clothes which he had the courage to wear himself. When you compare his achievements to that of the contemporary Brazilian painter Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato also on show at S│2, you realise what a talented individual he was.
There are links with the UK in that, after a period in France, he completed his studies in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Durham University, unusually obtaining degrees in both art and civil engineering.
Architectural designs included unbuilt modernist proposals for the State Governor’s Palace in Sao Pualo (1927), Columbus Lighthouse (1928), the Main House at Capuava Ranch and a residential development at Almeda Lorena. He moved seamlessly across boundaries between art and architecture and was influenced by the writings of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, and the Scottish social anthropologist Sir James Frazer.
Considered a ‘romantic revolutionary’ by Le Corbusier at the time, well done to S│2 for this exhibition which shows the dexterity of his work.
Perhaps most fascinating, given Brazil’s passion and world-class achievements in the sport of football, are his designs for fashions (you cannot quite call them football strips) for players, goalkeepers and referees, dating from 1972, two years after one of Brazil’s five successes as winner of the FIFA World Cup, which it achieved in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002, making them the most successful country in the competition.