Zé Otavio

OLIMPIA, BRAZIL

Zé is a proof to the tradition that the biggest gift an artist can have is his eyes. To look outwards, recognize the other, extract enough of the outer world to compose his own interior portrait.

Born in Olímpia-SP, the artist has lived in London and São Paulo. Zé’s relationship with art began while drawing friends and live models in design school. After working for a while in studios, he found himself as a freelance illustrator. And are these strokes that you can see on the pages of the biggest magazines, editorials and prints in Brazil and around the world.

The artist Zé Otávio roams freely through themes and techniques. Colorful, chaotic, defiant, sexy, androgynous, provocative.

Featured Clients

Editora Abril, Editora Globo, Companhia das Letras, Penguin Classics, Hearst Magazines, Ideafixa, Lollapalooza, Itaú Cultural, O Estado de São Paulo, Folha de SP

Group Exhibitions
  • “Sketchbooks” at POP Gallery / Rojo ArtSpace SP
  • Moda Ilustrada – Estilo e Tendência | Olido Gallery SP
  • “Magioska” at Pop Gallery organized by Magenta Gallery
  • IlustraBrazil! China | The Foundry Gallery, Xangai
  • Fashion and Art | Alliance Française Sao Paulo
  • VANITAS 2012 / 2013 – PLUS Gallery / GO
  • CONTENDO ARTE – PLUS Gallery / GO
  • E(FEMME)RA – Urban Arts SP
  • lustraBrasil! 6, 7, 8, 9 e 10 SIB / Senac SP
  • SAO PAULO – Ornitorrinco Gallery SP
  • “Impressões Sonoras” FNAC / PLUS Gallery / GO
  • 2011 | IlustraBrazil! China | The Foundry Gallery, Xangai
Publications
  • Illustration Now! 5 – Taschen
  • Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 14/15
  • Illustration Now! Fashion – Taschen
  • 1,000 Portrait Illustrations: Contemporary Illustration from Pencil to Digital
  • Sketchbook Experience: Zé Otavio

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Basquiat
Basquiat

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Charlie Starr / Blackberry Smoke
Charlie Starr / Blackberry Smoke

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John Mayer
Valter Hugo Mãe
Valter Hugo Mãe
Van Gogh
Van Gogh
Renaissance Woman
Renaissance Woman

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Jose Guilherme Merquior
Folha de São Paulo

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Tilda Swinton As Ziggy Stardust
Tilda Swinton As Ziggy Stardust
Andy Warhol
Bob Dylan
Borroughs
David Bowie
Brazilian Writers

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Carmen Miranda
Breaking Bad
Charles B
Young Frida
Ze Otavio – Hillary
Illustrissima
John Snow
Jun Sakamoto

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Comedian Hannah Gadsby
Kanye West

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Lana Del Rey
David Lynch
Mandela
Morissey
Pabllo Vittar
Sherlock
Tarantino
Taylor Swift
Tim Burton

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Trump

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Woody Allen
Onlime Website portraits

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Artist News

ZE OTAVIO | TELL ME THREE THINGS FOR PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE (UNPUBLISHED)

This was a super fun project that unfortunately was killed at the 9th hour but it's just too good to…

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ZE OTAVIO | NEW WEBSITE PORTRAITS FOR ONLIME AGENCY

Loving these new staff portraits by ZE OTAVIO for Onlime Agency! Who needs photography when you can have these beauties.…

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Ze Otavio Charlie Star For Planet Rock

Finally get to post this amazing piece illustrated by ZE OTAVIO for Planet Rock Magazine! It's a portrait of Charlie…

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