WHO WE ARE

Tatiana Cesso, Journalist
The Brazil Curator Founder and Editor
São Paulo native, Los Angeles resident

What I’m all about…
Sharing information on things I love. As a journalist, I’ve been writing stories on travel, arts, music, food and fashion to the most prestigious publications in Brazil. You can check out my articles in here.

My Brazilian signature is…
My accent. It’s not just my clear Brazilian accent when I speak English but also in Brazil, as soon as I open my mouth, people know I’m a true Paulistana. Né, meu?*
(as locals say ‘all right?’)

A typical day in São Paulo includes…
A delicious meal. From breakfast to dinner, São Paulo has a number of charming bakeries and cafes, botecos (bars that server finger food), street markets, restaurants, and delectable fine dining. It’s almost impossible to go wrong on food in the city.


A Brazilian artist who changed the way I see the world…
Ney Matogrosso. I follow him since I was a child, watching to his performances with Secos e Molhados on TV. He has been always very provocative -and still is, now in his 70s- with outlandish costumes, make-up, daring movements and singular feminine voice. Watching Ney Matogrosso I’ve realized how arts can surpass genders and social boundaries.

My playlist includes…
Tim Maia, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Cartola, Clementina, Sabotage, Nação Zumbi, Criolo, Ney Matogrosso, Elza Soares, Chico Buarque, Marcelo D2, Roberto Carlos, Jorge Benjor, Céu, Azymuth, Wilson Simonal, Russo Passapusso, Os Mutantes, and counting…

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Renato Salles, Chicken or Pasta Founder
The Brazil Curator Travel Contributor
Born and raised in São Paulo

What I’m all about…
The urban life. I’m an architect so I’m always paying attention to what different cities have in common and in particular. I love to see how the urban space interferes with people’s lives and how interactions with one another change our surroundings.

A typical day in São Paulo includes...
A good planning. The city is huge, multicultural and vibrant. You can spend the whole day visiting art galleries and museums, or exploring the plurality of our food, bar hopping and enjoying São Paulo’s vibrant nightlife. Or you can mix all of that. In any case, 24 hours won’t be enough.

A Brazilian architect who changed the way I see the world…
Lelé, or João Filgueiras Lima. He’s one of the most underestimated and prolific architects in the country. His work is all about giving the best experience to the public, with the most beautiful architectural solutions. He never drew attention to himself of to his accomplishments, because his focus was always the people living in his projects.

First time visiting Brazil, people should not miss…
Inhotim. It’s the most amazing open air gallery/farm in the world, with site-specific installations amongst amazing tropical forest, presenting the best of the contemporary art scene not only of Brazil but from different countries.

My last and next trip in Brazil…
I recently went to Trancoso, in Bahia, with the pristine beaches and top quality local cuisine. My next trip will be to Serra da Canastra, a rustic and preserved region where São Francisco river starts. They have the best cheese made in Brazil.

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Ananda DeMello, Art Habit Founder
The Brazil Curator Art and Culture Contributor

Nova Friburgo, RJ Native, Miami based

What I’m all about…
Creating experiences. Through my work as a cultural producer and curator, I get work with artists on various projects, bringing ideas to life and people together. Take a look in here.

My Brazilian signature is…
The way I can’t hear a beat without shaking my bones. A batucada comes on and my feet are tapping and my head is swaying. It is not long before I am up and have given in to the samba!

A typical day in Nova Friburgo includes…
Waking up to my mom’s mortadella sandwich and coffee. The way in to town is surrounded by mountains, as we go up and down hills. Once we arrive, the car isn’t moved until going back home. I am off to ‘bater perna‘ or simply walk around aimlessly, with the certainty that no matter the direction I choose, I will run into friends. From then day stretches into night, over beer and good conversation.

A Brazilian artist who changed the way I see the world is…Roberto Burle Marx. I feel like I grew up in one of his gardens. My dad is a landscape architect, who studied under Burle Marx and shared in his aesthetic. From the tropical greenery with bright red and orange flowers, winding trails to fish ponds, it was the fairytale setting to my childhood. To this day, my dad has the most beautiful garden and orchid collection.

My playlist includes…
Marisa Monte, Adriana Calcanhoto, Tribalistas, Djavan, Ivete Sangalo, O Rappa, Marcelo D2, Charlie Brown Jr., Seu Jorge, Legião Urbana, Titãs, Kid Abelha and some good oldies in Pagode.