The works have been produced by 12 Brazilian artists – Alexandre Mancini, Antônio Dias, Beatriz Milhazes, Claudio Tozzi, Ana Clara Schindler, Gringo Cardia, Gustavo Greco, Gustavo Piqueira, Guto Lacaz, Juarez Machado, Kobra and Rico Lins – and one Colombian, Olga Amaral.
"You have Brazil and the Games represented in very different ways, from the child with the kite, to the torch, the Olympic rings, and so on," said Carla Camurati, Rio 2016’s culture director.
Gringo Cardia, who worked in partnership with street artist Geleia da Rocinha, said they were inspired by the relationship between athletes and the sea. "Rio is a natural Olympic city," he said. "People love to be outdoors, practising sports."
Official posters have been a tradition of the Olympic Games since the first ones were produced for 1912 Games in Stockholm. They are selected by the Organising Committee and remain as historical artefacts of each edition of the Games.
The Rio 2016 posters will be on display at the Museum of Tomorrow in Praça Mauá, the centrepiece of Rio 2016's rejuvenated waterfront region, until 22 July, when they will be moved to Deodoro Olympic Park.