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

Commission This Artist
Autobiographical Notes by Albert Einstein

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Tell Me Three Things (unpublished)

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Allan Kardec Cover
Allan Kardec Cover

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Drizzle Land
Drizzle Land

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Age Of Innocence Cover
Age Of Innocence Cover
Manual Do Mimimi Cover 3D
Manual Do Mimimi Cover

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Kardec

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Artist News

ZE OTAVIO | PORTRAITS OF GREAT BUSINESS LEADERS FROM BRAZIL FOR PROA TALKS

This is a super exciting project that ZE OTAVIO got to work on. It's a series of portraits of great…

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ZE OTAVIO | PORTRAIT SERIES FOR GOL AIRLINES AWARD

Here's a lovely new portrait series by ZE OTAVIO for GOL Airlines Award called “Novos Tempos” (New Times), which celebrates…

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ZE OTAVIO | PIONEERS, HIDDEN CHAMPIONS, CHANGEMAKERS, AND UNDERDOG LESSONS FROM CHINA’S INNOVATORS FOR EPOCA NEGOCIOS

Here's a few really cool pieces by ZE OTAVIO for Época Negócios Magazine. The art was done for the book…

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