Recife is my hometown, but Olinda is my home. I graduated in Architecture at the Federal University of Pernambuco, but after falling in love with children’s literature, I closed my architecture office and devoted myself to the illustration.

In 1994 I published my first book, Som coração. Since then, I sought pretexts to roam between images and words. Since 1997, I have been working on picture books, where I am author of both images and text. Specially, the Palavra Rimada com Imagem collection, which won several National Foundation for Children and Youth Books awards, Azoreans Prize and the Jabuti prize.

Many are the paths I trail from the origin of the book until the time the originals are done. There are countless possibilities that the creative process introduces. Even a memory, a reflection, a fact, a movie or another book can give me an Ariadne thread. The result is a spectrum of techniques and a book with a unique identity.

I also work as a reading tutor and, in partnership with Anabella Lopez, we have created the Usina de Imagens, a school on illustrators training.


  • Fifth Croatian Biennale of illustration 
    Zagreb, 2014


  • Brazil Countless Threads Countless Tales
    Bologna Children’s book fair, 2014


  • Ilustra Recife
    Museu Murilo La Greca, 2014


  • 15 anos AELIJ
    Itinerante, 2014


  • 15º Salão FNLIJ do Livro para Crianças e Jovens
    Ilustradores do Brasil, 2013


  • Feira do Livro de Bogotá
    Bogotá, 2012


  • 1º Salão de Humor Gráfico
    Recife, 2012


  • Linhas de Histórias – Um panorama do livro ilustrado – SESC Belenzinho
    São Paulo, 2011


  • Ler é para cima
    Porto Alegre, 2007


  • Nas dobras da leitura
    Exposição virtual, 2006


  • Ilustra Brasil – Exposições Anuais
    São Paulo, de 2006 a 2012


  • 20 Bienále Ilustrácií – BIB
    Bratislava, 2005


  • En los colores del trazo
    Guatemala, 2005


  • Traçando Histórias
    Porto Alegre, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012