"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."


The Huffington Post

"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."


Der Spiegel

"These travel posters make me want to pack my bag

and go see the world - really!"


Page Thirteen

"We love the dreamy, fuzzy illustration he's made.

It's like a retro travel poster, but for the future."


Onoffice magazine

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"Virtuoso Rui Ricardo has been doing illustration for quite some time...

it takes all your fingers and toes to count the clients that published his artwork worldwide."



"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




Rui Ricardo is an illustrator and designer from Porto, Portugal,

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.

Started doing animation and background illustration after an invitation from a major national TV production company. After eight years working on 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, Marketing Week, among many more.

Outside the press, he has also worked for Unicef, Hasbro, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Usborne, Macmillan, Vodafone, FNAC, Samsung, Nathan, Defra (UK government department for environment, food and rural affairs), and many others.

He likes to travel, dogs, plants, books and to play the ukulele.



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