This year I had the great honor and pleasure to work on a dream project for a dream team. I have been commissioned by Citi to create 3 mosaic murals for the Rio 2016 USA House. I have collaborated with the amazing creatives of Publicis One Team in New York City to create 3 mosaic murals to decorate the roof gardens of the seven-story marble-clad school building right on Ipanema Beach that is home to Team USA’s Olympic athletes during the 2016 Rio games.
The idea was to pay a tribute to the city of Rio public art, the centuries long tradition of the Portuguese (and Brazilian) ceramic art and the modern street art of the US. You can read more about the roots of this work on the inspiration section bellow.
Let's see the 3 murals first: 
This is the outside wall mural of the roof garden. It's a 13.6 m x 2.7 m (44'6" ft x 9' ft) mosaic showing 8 champions from the Olympic and Paralympic Team USA.
Olympic mosaic mural art for USA Olympic team in Rio
These are the 2 inside wall murals, showing 8 athletes in action. The length of the 2 combined murals is 13.6 m x 2.74 m (42' ft x 9' ft) and decorate the covered wall of the roof garden where the athletes relax looking at the Ipanema beach.
USA House in Rio, Digital Olympic mural artwork
USA's Olympic champions in digital mural
These are the 3D renderings of the actual spaces with the murals. (Courtesy by Publicis One Team)
Rio inspired collage mural art for Olympic Games
United States House in Rio Olympics mosaic murals blend tradition and modernity
Collage art wallpaper decorates Rio's Olympic venue
And here you can see some photos from the mounting of the art and the final spaces.
(Photos by Bob Zeltmann, Tissi Valente and RTobias)
Olympic and Paralympic champions in large digital creation
Olympic spirit art illustration, culture blend in contemporary art
Culture Blend in mosaic wallpaper, advertising partnerships
USA's Olympic heroes wallpaper digital graphics
House art murals blend tradition with modernity
sport art illustration, artwork commission for global event
The finished spaces waiting for the athletes.
sport visual artist, Olympic mosaic wallpaper
Art composition with Olympic spirit, tradition blend in ceramic wall
You can see some details of the mosaic murals:
Gabby Douglas art portrait, a Gymnastics Olympic art
Olympic themed digital collage with ceramics
Global sport event campaign illustration
Tile patchwork paralympic swimmer champion
Scout Bassett portrait Track & Field athlete illustration
sports brand visual artist creations
Sport events inspired digital artwork
Nathan Adrian portrait for Rio 2016
Olympic Games advertising illustrations
Carlin Isles portrait for Rio 2016
Volleyball sport illustration, digital mosaic artwork commission for the Olympics
Beach Volleyball Olympic sport artwork
digital tile arrangement for illustration The Olympic Games
Brad Snyder art portrait for Olympics
Mosaic art wallpaper for Olympic sports marketing
Allyson Felix portrait in digital mosaic style
Olympic inspired campaign of digital sport illustrations for wallpaper
Nathan Adrian art portrait in blue tiles
Track & Field Olympic champion portrait
Gymnastics Olympic champion portrait for Rio 2016
Kerri Walsh Jennings portrait artwork for Olympics
Rugby athlete portrait for Olympics
Rudy Garcia-Tolson digital portrait
Allyson Felix portrait in mosaic style
Brad Snyder champion portrait
Olympic campaign for the Team USA
And here are some sources of inspiration for this job. 
First the famous Escadaria Selarón, also known as the 'Selaron Steps'. The Chilean born artist Jorge Selarón was working on this project for more than 20 years, claiming it as his tribute to the Brazilian people.
Then there were the famous stone pavements from Ipanema or Copacabana. This is actually the Brazilian version of the traditional Portuguese pavement, an art that comes from the ancient Greece or Messopotamia. 
As you can easily understand the broken grid system of Selaron's steps and Rio's pavements serves as the basis for my mosaics. I have even tried to use some parts from the original artworks wanting to pay a real tribute to the artists.
Of course speaking for Brazilian art we can't ignore the Azulejos, the great Portuguese school of ceramic tile art. Parts from Azulejos have been used to fill the mosaic tiles.
Of course this great latin arts have influenced many artists all over the world. Here you can see the influence on these famous Rainbow steps in San Francisco, California.
Hope you liked this work. It took me a lot of time and a lot of studies and efforts to complete. 
I have to sincerely thank the great team at Publicis One Team, Bob, Veronica, Alice, Elaine and everyone else.
Many thanks to Citi, Nike and all other respected sponsors of Team USA. 
Last but not least thanks to all great Brazilian, Portuguese, Chilean, Spanish, American, Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Persian and artists from all over the world and eras. They have contributed to mosaic arts their talent, their knowledge, their skills and their ideas. I am feeling so lucky that I can continue this art form.
Enjoy Rio! Enjoy the Olympics! 
Gymnast portrait mosaic illustration artwork
Athletic digital mosaic illustration
Gymnastics illustration in mosaic style with tiles
Rugby player portrait for Olympic Team USA
Αρχαίο Πνεύμα αθάνατο, αγνέ πατέρα του ωραίου, του μεγάλου και του αληθινού,
Κατέβα, φανερώσου κι άστραψε εδώ πέρα στη δόξα της δικής σου γης και τ' ουρανού.
O Ancient immortal Spirit, pure father of beauty, of greatness and of truth,
Descend, reveal yourself and flash like lightning here, within the glory of your own earth and sky.
— Kostis Palamas.
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