Obituary for Décio Pignatari


On Sunday, December, 2, 2012, Décio Pignatari died of a respiratory illness in São Paulo, Brazil.

He was a poet and contributed to disseminate Peirce´s semiotics in Brazil.  In the 1950´s along with Haroldo de Campos and Augusto de Campos he created the movement called “Concrete Poetry”. One of the first professors of the Post-graduate program on Communication and Semiotics at PUC-SP, São Paulo, he had a fundamental role in the development of communication and semiotics theories. Pignatari translated some important texts and wrote a remarkable book Informação, Linguagem e Comunicação (Information, Language and Communication) on signs. In 1974, he created the Brazilian Association for Semiotics Studies. The Brazilian association and the Post-graduate program on Communication and Semiotics constitute two fundamental milestones in the dissemination and development of semiotics in Brazil.

One Response

  1. May his blessed soul rest in the perfect peace of our Lord. Décio Pignatari has passed on to the land of the silent ones; but Décio, the poet lives on. Décio, the semiotician lives on and on.

    Tambu Mba’ Yaounde, Cameroon

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