The Selarón Steps aka Escadaria Selarón

Escadaria Selarón aka the Selarón Steps are an installation art work covering a set of steps in Rio.

Junea Rocha
Escadaria Selarón Stairs Tile
Escadaria Selarón Brazil Tile

Created by the Painter Jorge Selarón

More than 300 Hand painted Tiles

Created by the painter Jorge Selarón, the steps evolved from a small side project to revamp his own front steps, to a life long work that often left him so short on money that he would sell his own paintings to continue the work.
What started as a joke to friends and neighbors in 1990, has grown into an iconic image of Brazilian culture. The stairs have been featured in countless publications, commercials, and even music videos.

Selarón foraged pieces of ceramic tile and mirror to create his masterpiece, but as recognition of his work increased, people began sending him materials from all over the world.

He said that the stairs are my tribute to the Brazilian people, and that, this crazy and unique dream will only end on the day of my death.

Tragically, on January 10th, 2013, Selarón was found dead on stairs. Since his death, the notoriety of Escadaria Selarón has increased, and they were even featured in Brazil’s 2016 Olympic bid video, “The Passion Unites Us.”

Escadaria Selarón Stairs