Based in Rio de Janiero, Fábio has over 10 years’ experience in the industry, working for clients in Brazil and around the world. He studied Graphic Design at Colégio Liceu Franco-Brasileiro, as well as Art at Senac and Animation and Comics at Estácio de Sá. Key influences include Julian Opie, and the ligne claire style used by many of the great bande dessinée artists.
Although people often think Fábio’s work is created on a computer, he does all his drawing by hand. Only the colouring is digital, which keeps a natural and organic feel to his images. He hones his palette to suit the brief, often reducing it to just two or three tones.
Clean, precise and elegant, Fábio’s style has a traditional comic art feel to it yet he is versatile enough to deploy it for just about any client and any brief to create something fresh and contemporary in a whole range of markets and mediums.
2008 – HQMIX Best New Artist Award
2009 – Angelo Agostini Award
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Fabio: My urge to draw all the time, especially when I'm bored, and the need for money.Question: Did you study illustration at college? Fabio: I took some art classes when I was a teenager, but I graduated in Graphic Design.Question: Where did you grow up? Fabio: In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I'm still living in Rio. Never left my town.Question: Describe your studio for us Fabio: It's nothing fancy. Just a bedroom with a light-table, surrounded by a bunch of boxes, stacks of CDs, papers and the most important item, a stereo. It is a very messy, noisy and inspiring place.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Fabio: Music, a good novel, movies and tv shows.Question: How do you get your ideas? Fabio: I don't know. They keep popping into my head from time to time. I have no control over it.Question: Do you collect anything? Fabio: Yes. Comics, cassette tapes and CDs.Question: What is the first record you bought? Fabio: It was Standing on a Beach, by The Cure.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed Fabio: It's my new Menina Infinito comic book, which I just finished. It took me a while to finish it and I hope it will be released next year, by an underground publisher.Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Fabio: I would love to draw more album covers and gig posters. It's been a while since I did my last one.Question: How much of your work is hand drawn? Fabio: Almost everything. The only thing that is done by computer are the colors, all the rest is hand drawn. I like this way. It makes the illustration more organic, not to mention it's nice to have an original that you can hold.Question: Who is your musical hero? Fabio: David BowieQuestion: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Fabio: A daredevil pilot.Question: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas? Fabio: Yes. I put a bunch of albums to listen to. Inspiration always comes when I'm listening to music.Question: If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money? Fabio: Probably spend it all on art supplies and records.