International Artist Feature: Portugal

Welcome back to our International Artist Series!

Today we’re catching up with six amazing artists from Portugal, home of beautiful Portuguese architecture and captivating beaches. I asked each artist how
their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered great
responses.

Danny Ivan

Danny is a 3D artist and designer from Porto, Portugal. He creates epic 3D illustrations with twisty patterns and cool concepts.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

Digital Artwork Collection

Living in Portugal, most of our people are quite calm here. Being a freelancer in this country, the prices are low but there’s a big
quality of life. We have awesome food, cool places, and great artists.

Digital Artwork by Danny Ivan
Digital Artwork Collection

Simple Twist Collection

The region has influenced me a lot, especially with all the light. We have lots of
sun and hot weather, so the colors pop out in every single corner. Also, some of the older
buildings and Portuguese sidewalks are references I use for my work.

Simple Twist Collection by Danny Ivan
Simple Twist Collection

Selected Everyday Journey

Selected Everyday Journey by Danny Ivan
Selected Everyday Journey

Pattern World

The art community isn’t big but we have epic work from
the street art scene with artists like Vhils, Odeith, Pantonio and Paulo
Arraiano. We also have amazing graphic
designers, creative directors, and art directors.

Pattern World by Danny Ivan
Pattern World

Ana Seixas

Ana is an illustrator and designer from Porto, Portugal. Splitting her time between screen printing and illustration, Ana creates lovely flat illustrations of beach scenes and daily life.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

At the Beach

I live in Porto. At the center of it is a small village where it’s
very easy to run into colleagues and friends and have a cup of coffee in the middle of the day. Living a “slow life” is really great.

Portugal is a country full of textures and colors. From
the mountains and the magnificent tiles on the building facades to the
patterns on the street floors, it is impossible not to stay inspired by it.

At the Beach by Ana Seixas
At the Beach

Viseu – My City

The Fine Arts School is where most great projects are born. I see musicians working with performers and painters and illustrators with graphic designers. I believe these kind of
collaborations are what make the art scene rich and energetic.

Viseu - My City by Ana Seixas
Viseu – My City

Vicino Pizza Bar

Vicino Pizza Bar by Ana Seixas
Vicino Pizza Bar

Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart

Being some kind of an outsider, It took me some time to get to know
people and to be able to work on new projects with local creative people and companies. I believe it is changing also, and now I feel very
welcome here.

Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart by Ana Seixas
Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart

Rosario Badessa

Rosario is an architectural illustrator living in Lisbon, Portugal. His work represents phenomenal unbuilt architecture all over the world.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

Istituto Miralago in Brissago, Switzerland

It is really about the quality of life here in Portugal. There is good weather
almost every day of the year, everything is close by and the culture is
very relaxed. You can easily bike to work, go have lunch by the river or go see an exhibition.

Istituto Miralago in Brissago Switzerland by Rosario Badessa
Istituto Miralago in Brissago, Switzerland

Parliament Office Building in Reykjavík, Iceland

Portugal, and Lisbon in particular, is very open to external influences. So by living here you get easily exposed to American, English, and German
influences and this makes it easy to stay on top of all my international work.

Parliament Office Building in Reykjavk Iceland by Rosario Badessa
Parliament Office Building in Reykjavík, Iceland

Scandinavian Atmosphere

Scandinavian Atmosphere by Rosario Badessa
Scandinavian Atmosphere

MCI Campus

The art scene is rejuvenating these days. New museums
and galleries are opening, and many international artists are moving to
Lisbon. So even though we are a tight group in a small country, our community is rapidly expanding.

Architecture is also a renowned interest in Portuguese culture, with names like Siza
Vieira and Souto Moura inspiring and cultivating a very strong
architecture community.

MCI Campus by Rosario Badessa
MCI Campus

Constança Soromenho

Constança is a graphic designer from Lisbon, Portugal. Her work features beautiful branding packages along with logos and more.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

N&P – Wedding

For me, Portugal is a small but culturally rich country. Lisbon in
particular is an especially great place to live at the moment. The city
is quiet but vibrant, old but contemporary, familiar but sophisticated.
Also, we have the lovely beaches always near.

NP - Wedding by Constanca Soromenho
N&P – Wedding

Casas do Mar – Branding

I think I’m more influenced by artists and designers than the region or the country itself. There are a lot of inspirational, brilliant
Portuguese in the art and design community right now.

Casas do Mar - Branding by Constanca Soromenho
Casas do Mar – Branding

Sofar Sounds Lisbon Poster

Sofar Sounds Lisbon Poster by Constanca Soromenho
Sofar Sounds Lisbon Poster

The Garden

The art community is better than ever. We are such a small country but
have so many names in the architectural, art and design world. Not
only in Lisbon, but especially Oporto, where I think we can find some of
the best small design studios in the country.

The Garden by Constanca Soromenho
The Garden

Serafim Mendes

Serafim is a graphic designer based in Porto, Portugal. His work features colorful geometric 3D illustrations of creative alphabets and more.

Check out his work below, and see more in his portfolio.

Alphabet Project II

I like the people, most of all. Portuguese people are laid
back and welcoming and I feel that even more in the town I’m living
in right now, Porto. Oh, and the food! Portuguese cuisine is amazing.

Alphabet Project II by Serafim Mendes
Alphabet Project II

Noir

We do have very good artists who really inspire me,
but I don’t think the fact I live in Portugal has too much influence in
my work. My references don’t
come from a single place. And with access to the internet, you are able to see work from
people all over the world, at any time.

Noir by Serafim Mendes
Noir

Alphabet Project II

Alphabet Project II by Serafim Mendes
Alphabet Project II

Natural Highs Festival

In Porto, there are always exhibitions going on. It’s a very culturally active city. I know
several people who are working or studying art and design. Most of them
are very relaxed and good to hang around with.

Natural Highs Festival by Serafim Mendes
Natural Highs Festival

Aheneah

Aheneah means Ana, and she is a graphic designer and embroiderer based in Lisbon, Portugal. Delightfully detailed, her work features incredible typography and imagery created with thread.

Check out her work below, and see more in her portfolio.

Lost Files

I love the sun, the smell of the sea and the taste of the food here. But what I love most are the people I share my life with.

Lost Files by Aheneah
Lost Files

Root / Rot

Portugal is a country rich in culture and traditions. Fortunately there
is a concern in recovering and maintaining them. All the textile
techniques I know today I learned at home, with my grandmothers and mother.

Root Rot Aheneah
Root / Rot

Lost Files

Lost Files by Aheneah
Lost Files

Keep on Rolling

Portugal is a small country but the artistic community is growing day by day. It’s easy to meet artists in different areas, from the
north to south, and share knowledge.

Keep on Rolling by Aheneah
Keep on Rolling

Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my
questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture
has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links
below: