Mariana Santos, better known as “Mariana, a miserável” (the miserable one), is a non-award winning illustrator. Having to support a cat with expensive tastes, she practices her craft in her home studio in Porto, Portugal.

At 18 she left her hometown Leiria, in Portugal, to study Graphic Design at ESAD and afterwards attended the first year of a Masters at FBAUP, in Porto. Despite her field of study she decided to make herself even more unacttractive to employment by choosing to pursue a career in her main talent and passion, illustration, fully committing her heart, soul and wallet to a miserable life.
Since then she has managed to produce multiple solo and group exhibitions, in Portugal and abroad, worked for big brands, renowned design studios, publishing houses, taught in universities, recognised by art critics, featured in most of the Portuguese press and internacional design publications.

Currently living between Porto and Lisbon, she continues to develop a body of work that spans illustration fields. From canvas in galleries to walls in buildings, from fashion accessories to online content and other multiple mediums, Mariana is a talented and hard working artist.

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09 Nov → 24 Nov
Mariana, a miserável + Maria Imaginário - Art Room, Pátio do Tijolo 1, Lisboa, Portugal
11 Sep → 15 Sep
Workshop at ESAD’s Illustration and Digital Animation Post-Graduation - Matosinhos, Portugal
06 May → 11 Jun
PORTO CRUZ collective show - El Corte Inglés de Gaia, Avenida da República, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
11 Feb
Workshop – El Corte Inglés - El Corte Inglés de Gaia, Avenida da República, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
25 Jan
Drink and Draw
19 Jan
Quintas de Leitura - Teatro do Campo Alegre, Porto, Portugal
19 Nov
Solo Show - Lisboa, Portugal
01 Oct
Fanzine edited by SEE project - South Korea
23 Jul
Fanzine “4” – Ó! Galeria - Porto, Portugal
01 Jul → 15 May
Projecto WATT - Algarve
22 Jun
Expo Miscelanea - Barcelona, Spain
01 Jun → 05 Jun
Festival A Porta - Leiria, Portugal