Selaron Interview: If I had a Superpower

Selaron interview, 2012, Brazil

Last week, Jorge Selarón, a Chilean artist most famous for his tile-covered steps in Rio, died next to his masterpiece. Back in March, we were lucky enough to see Selarón painting on his steps, and he agreed to take part in our superpower interview series. The 215 steps were one of our favourite art pieces we came across in South America. Selarón continually changed the design and invited visitors to contribute tiles from their country, which he eventually added to the steps. He also painted his own tiles, most often with the image of a pregnant woman who sometimes had his head or the head of a fish.

Selaron painting on his steps in Rio

If you had a superpower, want would it be?

I’d have enough money to travel to London and buy all the collections of tiles. England has the best quality tiles. ‘Made in England’.

Selaron Wall, Rio, Brazil

Describe your perfect day

The day that I had the idea to paint the pregnant woman in 1978.


When were you happiest?

When I went from being a simple painter to a serious, famous, genius painter. It is difficult to be both original and famous. I have painted more than 35,000 pregnantwomen, and last year I did 1,000 self-portraits.

Interviewing Selaron in 2012, Rio

What’s the love of your life?


Selaron description of his artwork

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?

Agatha Christie, Da Vinci and Michaelangelo.

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  1. says

    Your pictures of Jorge Selarón are great. We will miss him very much. We send hundreds of travellers to Rio to see Art and local flavor. Jorge was a nice tangable part of that. He was always around the steps so people felt special that he woud interact with them.

    • Victoria says

      Oh yes. We love that film. We, especially Steve, keep an eye on Vimeo’s featured shorts and this one was awesome.


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