Hello! I am Mariana Rio, a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Porto, Portugal.
I've graduated in Communication Design in the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto and I studied in the Academy of Fine Arts of Wroclaw. My work was featured by Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Competition Seoul, Lürzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators worldwide 2013/2014 Vienna, 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration New York, CJ Picture Book Awards Seoul,
the Portuguese National Illustration Prize and the Bologna Children's Book Fair...


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Education
- BFA Communication Design, Faculty of Fine Arts (FBAUP), Porto University, Porto, Portugal (2008)
- Erasmus Program, Graphic Design, Printmaking and Intermedia, Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland (2007)

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Books
- 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
O Beija-flor, Slanted, Studio Dobra, Circo de Ideias, UPTEC-PINC, Edições Eterogémeas, Casa da Música, Edições Poliedro, O canto das cores, Ambar, Mistaker Maker , A&D Wines, Jose Gourmet.


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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
- 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, Illustrators Exhibition, Bologna Children's Book Fair (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)
- Selected, Illustra Teatro, Mostra Internazionale di Illustrazione per l'Infanzia di Sarmede, Vicenza (2010)
- Special Mention, 16th International Illustration Competition The Cannonball Lady, Venice (2010)
- Selected, CPAI Young Creators, illustration, Lisbon (2009)
- Selected, BID 08, Students Show (2008)


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Collective Exhibitions (selection)
- This is not a souvenir, Ó! Galeria, Lisbon (2016)
- Festa da ilustração, Setubal (2016)
- Nami Concours Winning Works Exhibition, Nami Island 닭갈비 사랑 메밀국시, South Korea (2015)
- Bibó Porto Carago!, Circus Network, Porto (2015)
- Porto and Douro, Galeria Porto Cruz, Gaia (2015)
- Uivo 4, Galeria Torre Lidador, Maia (2015)
- Last Christmas, Ó! Galeria, Porto (2014)
- Portugal Ilustrado, Ilustopia Illustration Agency, Casa do Jardim do UPTEC PINC, Porto (2014)
- Outro Modo de Ler - Illustration for Books in Portugal, Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett, Porto (2014)
- Love Boat, Ó! Galeria, Porto (2014)
- Ilustra 33, curated by Jorge Silva. Creative Jam, XVI Festival Clube de Criativos de Portugal, Palácio da Quintela/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)
- 100 Books for the Future, Bologna Children´s Book Fair Guest Country Exhibition (2012)
- PORTO, Take Away Porto, Porto e ESAD, Matosinhos (2012)
- Grammar of Figures, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2011)
- 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)
- Sonhos com Moldura, Centro de Arte, S. João da Madeira e ESAD, Matosinhos (2009)


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Solo Exhibitions
- 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 
- 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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