Athos Bulcão (July 2, 1918 – July 31, 2008) was a Brazilian painter and sculptor. He was born in Rio de Janeiro.
In the 1940s he assisted Cândido Portinari with the "São Francisco de Assis" painting at the Pampulha Church, in Belo Horizonte. Later he moved to Paris, where he lived until 1949. Back to Brazil, he became one of the collaborators of the construction of Brasília, taking part in several of Oscar Niemeyer's projects, and in 1958 he moved to Brasília where he lived until his death in 2008.
Athos Bulcão developed his work in many ways – painting, designing, objects. His work, which integrates art and architecture is one of the greatest symbols of the Brazilian capital. Who isn’t familiar with the relief of the National Theater? Who doesn’t get enchanted by the glimpse of the enormous screen in geometric design through the windows of the Itamaraty Palace? Who doesn’t know the tile panels of the City Park, or the Flowers Market, the TV Tower, or the University of Brasília? The city if filled with Athos’s work, which speaks of the influence of the Portuguese baroque tiles as well as the Mudejar one.