Kakau Höfke was born in 1967 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 16, she moved to Europe where she completed secondary school in Geneva before spending four years in Paris as a student at the Parsons School of Design. On gaining her graphic design degree, Höfke taught silk painting in Morocco and carried out design work in Portugal and France.
In 1992, Höfke returned to Rio where she worked for a decade in design and advertising agencies. With computer graphic design becoming her sole means of artistic expression, Höfke felt her creativity was being restricted and so abandoned her design career to return to her artistic roots, devoting herself full-time to painting. She eventually developed an idiosyncratic pop art style, fusing the fine arts with computer graphics, out of which her colorful pallets and transparencies joyfully celebrating Rio de Janeiro became her trademark.
As Höfke began to receive increasing recognition for her art, in 2012 she was invited to design the motif on the shopping bags of leading American department store Macy's for their “Brazil: A Magical Journey” campaign in addition to creating the designs to decorate the Brazilian house during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
This video is part of the movement #RioEuTeAmo, produced by Conspiração Filmes. Direction: Gabriel Ghidalevich | Journalist: Mateus Habib | Project manager: Mario Raposo | Producer: Nina Marques | Copywriter: Alice Requião | Sound technician: Tiago Gigliarano | Edition: Deborah Minohara
The pictures on this website were kindly provided by Lufe Gomes, Bia Moraes, Leonardo Costa, Cristina Prochaska and Ricardo Saint Claire
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