Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro on December 15, 1907. He graduated with a BA in architecture from the city’s National School of Fine Arts in 1934 and began working without payment in a local architecture studio. In 1936, Niemeyer met Le Corbusier, who became a strong influence and teacher.
Regarded as one of Modernism’s greatest luminaries, Niemeyer was famous for his use of abstract forms and curves. His buildings are characterized by an elegance and harmony, often made possible by his pioneering work with reinforced concrete.
“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves.” - Oscar Niemeyer