Rui Ricardo is an illustrator from Porto, where he lives and works.
Developing drawing skills at an early age, he had his first work published at the age of fifteen. His love for illustration and comics made him follow an artistic career and, by the time he was finishing the course of graphic design at the fine arts university of Porto, he already had four graphic novels published, no to mention countless collaborations with magazines and local comics fanzines. An invitation from a major national TV production company started him in animation and background illustration. After eight years doing animation and motion design for several TV shows, music videos and commercials, he started working exclusively as a freelance illustrator. Rui is represented in London by Folio, a major illustration agency established in 1976. Most of his work is editorial and he has collaborated with several magazines and newspapers like FHM, Men’s Fitness, The Times, The Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, GQ, Popular Mechanics, The Guardian, Marketing Week, among many more. Outside the press, he has also worked for Virgin, KLM, British Airways, Air Berlin, Easy Jet, Unicef, Hasbro, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Usborne, Macmillan, Vodafone, FNAC, Samsung, and many others.
He likes to travel, dogs, plants, books and to play the guitar and the ukulele.
“Japanese cartooning, or manga, isn't just Japanese anymore. Especially in Europe, where homages often rival Japanese creations in terms of weirdness and beauty, anime has become part of a working cartoonist's daily vocabulary. Portuguese illustrator Rui Ricardo is proof of this cultural exchange."
"Rui Ricardo's illustrations have a distinctive oriental influence and a quirky appeal, with digitally colored, hand drawn images."
"Rui has seen plenty of beautiful places in the world. The impressions of his trips he has made into exceptional illustrations with bold brush strokes and contrasting colors."
"These travel posters make me want to pack my bag and go see the world, really!"
"We love the dreamy, fuzzy illustration he's made. It's like a retro travel poster, but for the future."
"Working in both digital and traditional techniques, Rui draws on his manga influences to create his highly
polished illustrations. He often combines cartoon-like exaggerations with a magical realism, and this lends his images a quirky appeal that is highly effective across international boundaries."