João Fazenda is an illustrator from Lisbon, Portugal and currently working and living in London, England. He studied Painting at belas-artes ulisboa (The Lisbon School of Fine-Arts). The majority of his work is made up of editorial and book illustration, however, he has worked on comics, animation, posters and CD covers. His work has been exhibited across Europe in Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and England.
Fazenda has worked for several international clients include Sol, Time Out Lisboa, New York Times, The Guardian, The Scientist, and Nobrow, earning several awards along the way. In 2001 Amadora international Comic Festival awarded him Best Portuguese Comic Book for his comic Tu és Mulher da Minha Vida, Ela a Mulher dos Meus Sonhos (You’re the Woman of my Life, She’s the Woman of my Dreams) and he currently hold five Awards of Excellence for Illustration from the Society Of Newspapers Design (SND).
Fazenda’s images are full of vitality. They are playful and dynamic and just feel fun. I believe that is partly due to his use of fluid and exaggerated shapes. They are clear, conveying information swiftly. The other part has to be his use of strong bold colours. They work as a great device to group objects, as well as playing off one another.