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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Zé Otavio

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The Washington Post
Época Negócios Magazine

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H1 Editora Publishing

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Golf Digest

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The Wall Street Journal
Basquiat
Elle Fanning
The Wall Street Journal
Politico

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Portrait of Diane Langberg

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The Wall Street Journal

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The Washington Post
POLITICO
Adoniran Barbosa
Superinteressante Magazine

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Harper's Magazine

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Beyoncé
PJ + Bjork + Tori
Seattle Met
GOL Linhas Aéreas Magazine
Sinead O'Conner
The Washington Post Magazine

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Learning for Justice

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Maya Angelou
Rice Magazine

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Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia (ETAD)
Marilyn Manson
It's Not a Trip

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Israel's State of Politics

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A Call to Thrive

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Basquiat
Bernadette Jiwa
Meet the recipients of the 2020 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Difficulties Everywhere

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A more sustainable world

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The Joker
Kobe Bryant
Great Greta
PROA Talks

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Demma Gvasalia of Balenciaga
Billie Eilish
David Lynch
Mr. Jimmy
Arya Stark
People Hate Being Cheated

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Basquiat
Basquiat

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Hayao Miyazaki
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
Nova Fronteira Publishing

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Andy Warhol
Bob Dylan
Borroughs
David Bowie
Brazilian Writers

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Carmen Miranda
Breaking Bad
Hate Goes to Washington

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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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Close and Resistant

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Trump

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Época Negócios Magazine

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Woody Allen
Onlime Website portraits

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David Bowie

Artist News

ZE OTAVIO | PORTRAIT OF RANDY SCHEKMAN FOR EPOCA NEGOCIOS MAGAZINE

More great portraiture by #lcmartist Zé Otavio for Época Negócios Magazine. This portrait is of American cell biologist at the University…

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ZE OTAVIO | PORTRAIT OF AUBREY DE GREY FOR EPOCA NEGOCIOS MAGAZINE

Thrilled to share this great portrait by Zé Otavio of English author and biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey. The portrait commissioned for…

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ZE OTAVIO | COVER REVEAL FOR CREATIVITY(CRIATIVIDADE) FOR H1 EDITORA PUBLISHING

COVER REVEAL!!! 2024 is off to a great starts & we're excited to share this beautiful cover by Zé Otavio…

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