João Fazenda is a Portuguese illustrator, whose practice splits between illustration, drawing, animation, comics and occasionally painting. He studied graphic design and graduated in Fine Arts from the Lisbon Faculty of Arts, before going on to dedicate himself full time to creating images for a variety of stories and media. In his work he aims to explore the endless relationship between drawing and narrative in its many ways. He lives and works between London and Lisbon.


Client include:

The New York Times; The New Yorker; The Wall Street Journal; The Telegraph; The Guardian; The Scientist; Boston Mag; Architectural Review; El País Semanal; NZZ Campus; Público; Visão; Ler; Time Out Lisboa; EGEAC; Caminho; Oficina do Livro; Abismo; Edições Tinta-da-China; Bruáa; Assírio e Alvim; Calouste Gulbenkian Foudation; TAP; Instituto Camões; Museu da Cidade; Deolinda amongst others.


Selected awards

2016 – American Illustration 35

2016 – National Illustration Prize 2015 (PT)

2015 – Winner Books Category – World Illustration Awards – The Association of Illustrators (UK)/Directory of Illustration (USA)

2011 – Communication Arts – Winner

2011 – António Gaio Award for the Best Portuguese Animation Shortfilm – Cinanima Festival

2010 – Gold Medal – Editorial Illustration, 3X3 Proshow

2008/09 -Winner – Merit Editorial illustration, 3×3  Proshow Awards

2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 – Award of Excellence- SND Society of Newspapers Design,

2007 – El Corte Inglés/Casa da Imprensa – Stuart Grand Prize in Editorial Illustration

2000 – Best Portuguese Comic Book- Amadora International Comics Festival



Selected Exhibitions

2016 – Cinema Quarteto, group show , Coimbra, PT

2016 – Ilustração Portuguesa, group show, Setúbal, PT

2015 – O Domador de Imagens, solo show, Viana do Castelo, PT

2013 to 2016 – Ilustra 33, group show, Lisbon, PT

2013 – Salon de Jocs, solo show,  Barcelona, Spain

2012 – Like Cherries,  group show, Bologna, IT

2012 – Cartographies of Memory and the Everyday, group show, Guimarães, PT

2011 – A Celebration of September, group show, London, UK

2010 – Tinta nos Nervos , group show, Museu Berardo, Lisbon, PT

2010 – Republica, group show, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, PT

2010 – Civil Construction, solo show, Porto, PT

2010 – Suburban Patchwork, with Pedro Brito, Porto, PT

2009 – Beja International Comics Festival, solo show within the festival,  Beja, PT

2009 – Ourense Comics Festival, solo show within the Festival, Ourense, Spain

2006 – Calquitos, solo show, Lisbon, PT