Happy Birthday Oscar Niemeyer!! Brazilian architect, born in 1907, specializes in modern architecture. Known for his curved forms exuding grace, elegance and light, Niemeyer has been called a “sculptor of monuments”. His work has earned him the stature of a national living treasure for Brazil. “It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.” In the late 1950’s, Niemeyer, inspired by the president of Brazil, designed the buildings for the new capital, Brasilia. The Cathedral of Brasilia is pictured below.