Gonçalo Viana was born in Lisbon, a retro European town famed for its bright light and custard tarts. He studied architecture and moved to London, where he worked at a practice for a few years. Illustration had always been his first love though, and back to Lisbon he left architecture and soon started work as a freelance illustrator. Geometry did find a way to seep back in, providing a frame for his smart concepts, strong colors and textures.
Gonçalo likes nothing more than to translate complex ideas into simple and engaging images. His conceptual approach has garnered recognition from Communication Arts, The Society for News Design, 3x3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly and Luerzer’s Archive "200 Best Illustrators Worldwide". When not doing editorial or advertising work Gonçalo likes to illustrate children's books. This year his work has been selected for the prestigious Bologna Children's Book Fair 2012 Guest Country Exhibition.