Arpoador & Copacabana beach, iconics places on watercolors
Arpoador & Copacabana beach, iconics places on watercolors. Last year, by chance we discovered some beautiful watercolors made by the Brazilian artist and designer Durval Amorim. We fell in love!
The watercolors represent iconic places of the city always with the integration of a cyclist, making the landscape of Rio even more beautiful and organic.
Amorim already painted the Arpoador & Copacabana beach, Quinta da Boa Vista, The Botanical Garden, The Municipal Theater, Arcos da Lapa, Pão de Açúcar, Rocinha slum, Cine Odeon, Santa Teresa neighborhood, Copacabana Palace, Lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas, Tijuca Forest, Maracana Stadium, Tomorrow’s Museum, Crist of Redeemer, Largo do Boticario among others.
The results of the watercolors are so unusual, it turned out to be a series of postcards that are available for sale even at the Museum of Tomorrow.
Durval was not born in Rio but after 20 years living in the city he naturally became a carioca. The watercolorist was always in love with Rio. After a trip to New York in 2013 he began to see a different Rio de Janeiro for himself, perceiving differently the architecture of his own city.
He also was inspired by the Invisible Cycles, a Instagram account created by journalist and cycle activist Michele Castilho. The photo collection aims to defend the rights of cyclists to cycle alongside the cars, not just on the bike paths.
All this references inspired Durval to portray Rio de Janeiro in his series ,In Rio, by bike“, which mixes the cultural life, architecture and exuberant nature of Rio in a light and colorful way. It turned into a beautiful tribute to the city but also to the cyclists of the city! The watercolors have already been put on bags, calendars, coasters and more.
Durval participated last weekend in our bike tour through the historic center, here his impression about cycling with Go Bike Rio:
“Pedaling through Rio de Janeiro is a delightful! The historical tour is easy going and time passes very fast. Fernanda and Cris are very attentive, they know a lot about Rio de Janeiro and they did everything to make our experience the best as possible. I would take this tour every Saturday morning!”
The connection between Go Bike Rio and the series „In Rio, by bike“ is so convenient, so we started a partnership with Durval. Every customer who comes to do our tours between February and June will win a beautiful postcard from the artist. The difficult part is to choose just one, since each postcard is more beautiful than the other!
Follow his profile on Instagram: @durvalamaorim