Oscar Niemeyer Quotes & Sayings

25 most famous Oscar Niemeyer quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was a Brazilian architect who passed away on 5 December, 2012.

Oscar Niemeyer Quotes
“Architecture is invention.”
Oscar Niemeyer Quotes
“Architecture is my work, and I've spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings.”
Oscar Niemeyer Quotes
“Curves are the essence of my work because they are the essence of Brazil, pure and simple.”
Oscar Niemeyer Quotes
“Surprise is key in all art.”
“Of course, I have given my engineers some headaches over the years, but they go with me. I have always wanted my buildings to be as light as possible, to touch the ground gently, to swoop and soar, and to surprise.”
Oscar Niemeyer Quotes
“Architecture will always express the technical and social progress of the country in which it is carried out. If we wish to give it the human content that it lacks, we must participate in the political struggle.”
Oscar Niemeyer Quotes
“I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.”
Oscar Niemeyer Quotes
“Right angles don't attract me. Nor straight, hard and inflexible lines created by man.”
Oscar Niemeyer Quotes
“For me beauty is valued more than anything - the beauty that is manifest in a curved line or in an act of creativity.”
Oscar Niemeyer Quotes
“My work is not about 'form follows function,' but 'form follows beauty' or, even better, 'form follows feminine.'”

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