Mariana Rio it's a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Porto, Portugal.
She loves her job and commits herself to every challenge she accepts to take. 

Having decided she would become an illustrator no matter what when she was just a child, pursued studies and graduated in Communication Design by the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto and studied also in the Academy of Fine Arts of Wroclaw. 
Nowadays she lives her dream of creating concepts, narratives, impossible worlds and imaginary characters for publishing houses, recognized design studios and successful companies. 
Her work has been featured by the Bologna Children's Book Fair (2018 & 2013), Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Competition Seoul, 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, CJ Picture Book Awards and the Portuguese National Illustration Prize, among others. 
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Education

- BFA Communication Design, Faculty of Fine Arts (FBAUP), Porto University. Portugal 
- Erasmus Program. Academy of Fine Arts of Wroclaw (ASP Wrocalw). Poland 

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Books

- Memorias Póstumas de Brás Cubas, text Machado de Assis, illustration Mariana Rio. Sexto Piso (2018)
- Padova a testa in su, text Leopoldo Benacchio, Valeria Cappelli e Chiara Di Benedetto, Bas Bleu Illustration (2018)
- A casa do senhor Malaparte, text Joana Couceiro, illustration Mariana Rio, Circo de Ideias (2015)
- O Quebra-cabeças, text Helena Carvalho, illustration Mariana Rio, presentation Emílio Remelhe, Edições Eterogémeas (2012)

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Books (collective)

​- Calendario Revolucionario - Laico y Universal. Milrazones (2015)
- Invasão da Casa Andresen - Animais de Museu. Edições Eterogémeas (2014)
- 2012 Mãos à obra, text Eugénio Roda, 53 illustrators, Edições Eterogémeas (2011)
- 2010 Formas de Ser Estar, text Eugénio Roda, 53 illustrators, Edições Eterogémeas (2009)
- 2009 Mundos a Céu Aberto, text Eugénio Roda, 53 illustrators, Edições Eterogémeas (2008)

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Clients include
A&D Wines, Ambar, Bas Bleu Illustration, Casa da Música, Circo de Ideias, Edições Eterogémeas, Edições Poliedro, Illusalon, Mistaker Maker, O Beija-flor, O canto das cores, Sexto Piso, Slanted, SoDa Repors, Studio Dobra, UPTEC-PINC.

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Magazines

- Slanted 27 (2016)
- 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY (2016)
- 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY (2014)
- DPI Design Popular Imagination Magazine, Art Quarter vol. 03. Taiwan. (2013)
- 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY (2012)

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Awards and Recognitions (selection)

- Selected, Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition (2018)
- Shortlisted, The AOI World Illustration Awards, London (2016)
- Jury Distinction, Portuguese National Illustration Award (2015)
- Honorable mention, ProShow, 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY (2015)
- Shortlisted, Nami Concours - Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Competition, Seoul (2015)
- Selected, 200 Best Illustrators worldwide 2013/2014, Lürzer's Archive, Vienna (2014)
- Honorable mention, ProShow, 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY (2014)
- Selected, Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition (2013)
- Jury Distinction, 17th Portuguese National Illustration Award (2013)
- Merit, Children's Illustration ProShow Annual, 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY (2012)
- Selected, 100 Books for the Future, Bologna Children´s Book Fair Guest Country Exhibition (2012)
- Selected, Grammar of Figures, Bologna Children´s Book Fair (2010)
- Finalist, CJ Picture Book Awards, Cj Cultural Foundation, Seoul (2010)

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Collective Exhibitions (selection)

- All about your favourite Movie, Ó! Galeria, Porto and Lisbon (2018)
- By the way life it's Wonderful, Pictoric, Kiev (2017)
- Festa da ilustração, Setubal (2017)
- Os Milagres da Santa, Circus Network, Guimarães (2017)
- Festa da ilustração, Setubal (2016)
- Nami Concours Winning Works Exhibition, Nami Island 닭갈비 사랑 메밀국시, South Korea (2015)
- Outro Modo de Ler - Illustration for Books in Portugal, Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett, Porto (2014)
- Ilustra 33, curated by Jorge Silva. Creative Jam, XVI Festival Clube de Criativos de Portugal, IADE, Lisbon (2014)
- Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition Tour in Japan - Itabashi Art Museum (Tokyo),
Otani Memorial Art Museum (Hyogo), Takahama Kawara Museum (Aichi), Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum (Ishikawa) (2013)
- Ilustra 33, curated by Jorge Silva. Creative Jam, XV Festival Clube de Criativos de Portugal, Central Station, Lisbon (2013)
- Illustrators Exhibition, Bologna Children's Book Fair (2013)
- CJ Picture Book Awards, Cj Cultural Foundation, Seoul (2010)
- Illustra Teatro, Mostra Internazionale di Illustrazione per l'Infanzia di Sarmede, Vicenza (2010)
- 16th International Illustration Competition The Cannonball Lady, Venice (2010)
- Grammar of Figures, Bologna Children´s Book Fair (2011)
- CPAI Jovens Criadores, Évora (2010)

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Solo Exhibitions

- A casa do senhor Malaparte, Biblioteca Municipal de Estarreja (2017)
- A casa do senhor Malaparte, Biblioteca Municipal de Serpa (2017)
- Imaginary Places. Ó! Galeria, Porto (2015)
- A casa do senhor Malaparte. Livraria Circo de Ideias, Porto (2015)
- Today's Thought - Flash Show. Ó! Galeria, Porto (2014)
- Illustration Mariana Rio, Public Library, Gondomar (2014)
- O Quebra-Cabeças, Casa do Jardim do UPTEC PINC, Porto (2013)
- Illustration Mariana Rio, Velhotes Bookstore, Gaia (2011)
- Illustration Mariana Rio, Sever do Vouga Public Library, Sever do Vouga (2011)
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Lectures and workshops 


- Guest teacher, Picturebook, Post-graduate Course in Illustration and Digital Animation, ESAD, Matosinhos (2018)

- Lecture, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto (2017)

- Illustration course, We Came From Space, Gaia (2015)

- Workshop, 8º Encontro Internacional de Ilustração, S. João da Madeira (2015)

- Workshop and lecture, ENED, Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro (2015)

- Lecture, Post-graduate Course in Illustration and Digital Animation, ESAD, Matosinhos (2014)

- Conference, O Quebra-Cabeças, the mental game in image reading according to the perspective of the illustrator

10º Encontro Nacional (8º Internacional) de Investigação em Leitura, Literatura Infantil e Ilustração.

Instituto de Educação. Universidade do Minho. Braga (4th - 5th July 2014)

- Workshop "Illustration with stamps", Casa Nic e Inês, Lisboa (2014)

- Lecture, ESAD, Matosinhos (2013)

- Lecture and Illustration Workshop, XS Design Xpress, Universidade de Aveiro (2013)

- Juri (invited) - Master in Design and Visual Culture, project/thesis in illustration, IADE, Lisbon (2013)

- Lecture and Illustration Workshop, ESAD, Matosinhos (2013)

- Lecture, Lusófona University, Porto (2012)

- Lecture and Illustration Workshop, ESAD, Matosinhos (2012)


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With Children


- Workshop, ESTAU, Estarreja (2016)

- Workshops "Illustration With Stamps", Casa da Cultura, Setúbal (2014)

- Workshops "Let's go Stamping in the Garden!", children 4-6 and 7-12 years old, UPTEC PINC, Porto (2013)

- Workshops "Let's illustrate with Tangram!", children 4-6 and 7-12 years old, UPTEC PINC, Porto (2013)

- Various presentations and workshops in portuguese schools and libraries, children 4-12 years old (2012 - up to now)

- Workshops in the Park, children 4-12 years old, City Park, Porto (2006-2007)





Top photography - Miguel Oliveira, Point and Shot

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