The work selected for the Official Art Print Edition 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ is perhaps Volpi’s most well-known in Brazil. Born in Italy and immigrated to Brazil during his early childhood, Alfredo Volpi is recognized by Brazilians as one of their most important artists of the last century. Volpi’s popularity is best illustrated by the fact that the work selected for the 2014 series is commonly known as the “Bandeira Brasileira” (“Brazilian Flag”), although the artist himself never gave it a title.
Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988), was a famous painter of the artistic and cultural Brazilian modernist movement. His vast panorama of works reveals an artist whose varied use of line, color, and space creates a poetic experience rather than a formal language. From the surface of the paintings feelings and memories emerge through the evocation of popular, everyday forms. Facades, flags, and seascapes are present throughout Volpi’s work as subjects that continually fascinated him, even during the '60s and '70s, when his painting achieved its most reductive stage. The traditional feast flag of Sao Joao -- a small, colorful, handmade paper flag -- is a constant reference in the artist's work. Volpi, best known for his intricate geometrical forms in varying tones of red, orange, green, blue and yellow, left behind about 3,000 works of art that spanned a career of 70 years.