Ana Ventura

Ana Ventura's Biography

A degree in Painting from the Lisbon School of Fine-Arts was never going to be enough for a someone creative like Ana Ventura. And so, with support from the Erasmus program, in 1999 she took a course in Printmaking, Illustration and Painting at the École Supérieure d’Art Visuel La Cambre, in Brussels.

She is a multi-facetted Portuguese illustrator and artist, and her unique style is found in a wide variety of media, from illustrated books to screenprints, from photos to decorative wall stickers, from postcards to clothes and accessories.

Ana Ventura’s vocabulary is made up of members from all the kingdoms of tradition, plant, mineral, animal and dream, of roots and stems that intersect houses and objects, leaves that compose eyes,  as though the reigning materials become one through her hands and her ingenuity. As if the world could be one, as if life were only childhood. Ana embroiders myths, prints on fabrics and draws with needles. If she also had talent for genetics she would mix plants with animals, in not being able to she applies a finely detailed art where the rays can become branches, stalks become the streets of a map, stains on the wall become abundant hair. This alchemy of transfigurations, which makes the bodies into threads with which to knit liveable places, things of comfort and disconfrontation, approaching her to poetry’s gaze.


Since 2010 has illustrated books for Portuguese, Italian and Norwegian publishers:

Published Books:
“O Rapaz que não se tinha quieto”, text by Rita Taborda Duarte, published by Caminho, Lisboa, Portugal, March 2014.

“Tankene lager ingen lyder”, text by Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen, published by Magikon Forlag, Oslo, Norway, November 2013.
“A habitação de Jonas”, text by Inês Fonseca Santos, published by Abysmo, Lisboa, Portugal, March 2013.
“Neun geschichten uber die liebe”, text by Giovanna Zoboli, published by Pistache Moustache, Mallorca, Spain, 2011.
“Nine stories about love”, text by Giovanna Zoboli, published by Pistache Moustache, Mallorca, Spain, 2011.
“Nove storie sull’amore”, text by Giovanna Zoboli, published by Topipittori, Milano, Italy, 2011. 


Recognitions:

2016 .  Lürzer’s Archive selected 200Best Illustrators worldwide 2016/2017
2015 .  Selected for 25th Bienále Ilustrácií Bratislava, BIB 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia.
2015 .  Selected for second Nami Island international picture book illustration concours, Korea.
2014 .  Selected for ILUSTRARTE 2014, Fábrica da Eléctricidade, Lisbon, Portugal.
2013 .  Selected for 24th Bienále Ilustrácií Bratislava, BIB 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia.
2012 .  Selected for Bologna Book Fair Guest Country Exhibition, Italy.
2010 .  Selected for International contest “Titan: illustration in design”, Portugal.
2008 . “spread the news” Design selected for Converse (PRODUCT) RED, USA. 

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