{the interview series} Daniel Moreira + giveaway!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Hoje vou conversar um pouco com o arquitecto e ilustrador português Daniel Moreira.
Nascido na Suíça, mas apaixonado pelo Porto, cidade onde vive e trabalha, Daniel cria personagens misteriosas num estilo pessoal e introspectivo que reflecte a sua própria personalidade.
Interessado também pela fotografia e pela instalação artística, é no desenho que Daniel encontra a sua forma de expressão de eleição, não abdicando de criar um pouco todos os dias... leiam e inspirem-se!

Não se esqueçam que no final ficarão a saber como poderão participar no giveaway desta semana: o Daniel está a sortear entre os meus leitores uma gravura em linóleo original... não percam a oportunidade única de se tornarem no sortudo vencedor!

[Este post pertence à rubrica semanal {the interview series}, onde publico uma nova entrevista todas as quartas-feiras, com artistas e bloggers inspiradores que admiro, de acordo com o espírito handmade e um estilo de vida criativo. Tornem-se fãs no facebook e não percam nada!
Por motivos óbvios de extensão e compreensão do texto, tanto pelos entrevistados como pelos potenciais leitores do resto do mundo, a entrevista segue em inglês.]

Today I will talk for a while with the Portuguese architect and illustrator Daniel Moreira.
Born in Switzerland, but in love with Porto, the city where he lives and works, Daniel creates mysterious characters in a personal and introspective style that reflects his own personality.
Also interested in photography and art installation, Daniel finds in drawing his form of expression of choice, and works to create a little every day... read and be inspired!

Don't forget that in the end you'll get to know how to participate in this week's giveaway: Daniel is offering to one of my readers a beautiful original linoleum print... don't miss the unique opportunity to become the lucky winner!

[This post belongs to the weekly feature {the interview series} where I publish a new interview every wednesday with inspiring artists and bloggers I admire, according to the spirit of handmade and a creative lifestyle. Become a facebook fan and don't miss a bit!]

Daniel Moreira
Porto, Portugal

1. Let’s pretend we don’t know each other and I’ve never heard about Daniel Moreira. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Daniel. I’m an architect and illustrator. I was born in Switzerland and I’m living in Porto, Portugal.
I’m a quiet boy, easily distracted and disconnected from what’s around me. I’m a dreamer and like to create my own stories.

2. You have an architecture degree but work mainly as an illustrator. How was this creative passion born and which path lead you here?
When I finished my degree I started a multidisciplinary path between architecture and art. Illustration happened almost by chance a bit later. I entered an illustration contest in which I had won the 2nd prize the year before and was selected once again. This contest had been organized with an illustration agency that organized a catalog and an exhibition with all the selected artists and some illustrators from the agency. It was through the catalog and this agency that I got my first invitation from a renowned Portuguese newspaper (Expresso) to create an illustration for one of their editions. It was my first job as an illustrator and the beginning of my career as an illustrator.

3. You create mysterious human characters in a personal introspective style, sometimes combined with natural, geometric or fluid elements. How are these compositions born? What inspires you? Share your creative process with us.
I think my work is very personal and reflects my personality, that’s why I create these introspective and mysterious characters.
When I hold my pencil and a white paper I never know what I’m going to draw, the characters emerge naturally as all the natural and geometric elements that many times are associated with those characters.
I don’t think in what I’m going to do or in what I’m doing… I’m guided by the movement of my hand.

4. You like to create mixed media compositions, combining the grey of graphite with the color of watercolor or paint. Why do you prefer to use these mediums?
All my illustrations era made by hand, almost always quick drawings with an expressive line and sober colours. I believe that the manual artistic creation is the real art and the one that fits the best with what I feel.

5. I’d love if you could share some of your favorite artists with us.
The list is really extensive I’m just going to share some of the names with which I really identify myself with: Daniel Blaufuks, Paulo Nozolino, Robert  Franck, Julião Sarmento, Susanne Themlitz, Swoon, David Foldvari, Michael Borremans, Amy Cutler, Steffi Lindner e Daniel Egneus.

6. Tell us now about your photographic work. What do you like to observe behind the camera?
Many times I have the need to get out of the house and walk. I always take one of my cameras on these walks around the city with no specific destination. I look for unfamiliar places searching new stories that later become my own.

7. You have a recognizable style and through your work your name travels all around the world! What means do you use to promote it?
For a long time I worked only for me, it was a need until the moment when I thought that for my work to grow it had to be shown. I had to know how people would react to it.
It was then that I decided to enter and show my work in biennales and competitions of art and photography.
After that I created my blog Lábios Mudos to promote my most personal work, my projects, exhibitions and events.
Sometime after I created my store in Etsy and in other websites like Behance and Cargocollective and that was when my work started to have more visibility.
My most recent project it’s called Daniel Moreira Project in Facebook. Every day I post something that I did on that day. It has everything from drawings to photography and paintings. I chose to post in a social network because people have the habit to go to Facebook every day and I thought it would be a way to present my work to everyone that enjoys art and give them the opportunity to follow some of my work on a daily basis.

8. Would you share with us a regular day at work?
I can never predict how my day will be. It depends in how I feel and the work I have to do or the deadlines I have.
Recently an usual day starts looking my emails, updating my blog and my online store and then I dedicate to my drawings with my pencils, watercolours, paints, papers and music.

9. Would you give us a glimpse of your working space? Describe it and tell us what you love most about it.
My workspace is very simple, organized and with a lot of natural light, although I work a lot at night.
I like to keep everything in boxes and to keep on top of my desk only the necessary. Although I try to have my desk as clean as possible I’m surrounded by books, cameras, antiques that I collect and artwork from other artists and my own obviously.

10. Share your passions and hobbies with us.
I like to walk without a destination, photograph what it’s not to be photographed, draw for the pleasure of creating something that is mine, wander in antiques’ fairs looking for something that I don’t really know what it is, travel to improbable places and discover new passions.

11. You were born in Switzerland, but now live in Porto, Portugal - tell us about what you love most about it. Would you like to live anywhere else one day?
I was born in Switzerland but moved to Portugal when I was 8 months old, so Portugal is my country.
I love Porto, its narrow and winding streets and the architecture. Although being a small city good to know just by walking, many times I’m surprised by a discovery of new places that I didn’t know.
If I had to choose another place to live I would maybe choose Italy.

12. If you could live in any historical era of your choice, what would it be? Why?
That’s an interesting questions, maybe the Renaissance and in Italy for sure.
It was an era of transformation in many areas, being culture one of them.

13. We are both Portuguese, so I don’t resist asking: what are the main problems you face being an artist in our country, Portugal?
It’s not easy living of art in Portugal and only a few can do it.
Being an artist is still not seen as a profession and if some people don’t change their opinion about culture and that it is part of our growth as a human being and therefore the artists and their work have to be respected, it’s really difficult for artists to live in Portugal just with their art.
I don’t mean to say people should give up but the opposite, if we believe in our work we have to fight for it.

14. What advices would you give to someone who would also like to become an illustrator?
Never give up, go for it and do what you like to do.
Search, explore and create always trying to do something different, something yours.

15. What are your plans for the future? And your most unrealistic dreams?
I don’t think about the future and in what I would like to have or where I would like to be in a few years because I don’t think that it’s going to influence my options in the present.
I try to do what I like and live each day without thinking about the future but looking to the past and feeling good for what I made and who I am.
Of course I have my dreams but I don’t live obsessed with the idea of getting what I want as quickly as possible as if the world would end tomorrow.
With my choices, good or bad, I define my path that won’t be as linear as a plan but with the hope that naturally some of my dreams will become real.

Now a quick question and answer game so we can find a bit more about you and your tastes!
Tell us one:

book: London Diaries – Daniel Blaufuks
music: Sigur Rós
movie: In The Mood for Love – Kar Way Wong
personality/artist: Leonardo Da Vinci
color: White
object: Old camera
animal: Dog
drink: Martini
food: Olives
season of the year: Autumn
travel destination: Iceland
piece of clothing: Jeans
secret: I can´t say

Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork with us, Daniel!

And now... the giveaway you're all waiting for: Daniel is offering to one of you an original linoleum print... here are the details:

giveaway time!

You have the chance to win "Wild Boy" an original linoleum print, numbered, dated and signed by the artist, evaluated in $25!
This is an exclusive print from a limited edition of 10, printed in A4 size (21x29,7 cm).
Each one is unique due to the handmade process behind its creation. The prints were designed, carved and printed by Daniel Moreira using the technique of linoleum print (water linograf ink and watercolor on paper).
So... what do you have to do?
+ just leave a comment bellow!
+ you can have an extra chance to win by becoming a facebook fan of {the interview series}...
+ ... and you can have a second extra chance to win by becoming a facebook fan of Daniel Moreira Project.

Please, don't forget to let me know if you're a fan in your comment bellow so it can count for the giveaway, otherwise I will miss it.
The lucky winner will be announced on wednesday next week (June 6th) and contacted by email, so don't forget to also leave your name and contact. Good luck!

We had 45 entries in this giveaway! The winner was picked using random.org.
The lucky winner is the number 13... congratulations Adriana! I'll be contacting you soon, I'm sure your prize will add joy to your walls!
Thank you so much to all participants and new followers - not only for participating, but also for your kind words about the interview series and Daniel's work!


  1. ok, com esta "partiste tudo".
    a minha interview favorita é esta ( e logo depois a deliciosa Leah Duncan).

    que bom que é passar por este teu cantinho:)

  2. Adorei os desenhos que estão entre as perguntas 4 e 5, em especial o da esquerda..

    Já não passo sem ler estas tuas entrevistas à quarta-feira, é muito interessante ficar a conhecer um pouco mais das pessoas por trás das obras que tanto admiramos.
    Parabéns pela iniciativa Ana.

  3. Já conhecia o trabalho do Daniel e gostei muito da entrevista, foi bom saber mais sobre ele!

    Conta comigo para o giveaway!
    Tb já sou fã da {interview series} e já cliquei no projecto do daniel no FB que não conhecia!

  4. Daniel your work is very powerful & dreamy at the same time!
    i really like the red ink splash detail on the two ladies!

    thank you Ana for this interview!


  5. for the giveaway!
    i am allready a fan of "the interview series" in Facebook!
    & i became a fan of Daniel's page too as Evdokia Tsiligiridou!

  6. O Daniel é inspirador e gostei mesmo da entrevista..

    E claro que quero tentar ganhar o "Wild Boy"!!
    Passei agora a seguir (com muito gosto) a página 'the interview series' e a do 'Daniel Moreira'. ;)

    [o meu nome: Joana Machado e o meu e-mail: mailmacu@gmail.com]

  7. Muito bom, adorei a entrevista e o trabalho do Daniel é fantástico, uma verdadeira inspiração! E que bom um giveaway :)


    Já sou fã do {the interview series} e do Daniel Moreira Project.

  8. Desde à muitos anos acompanho o trabalho do Daniel, além de uma inspiração, é fantástico ver como tem evoluído como artista. Muito obrigado pelo que partilhas connosco enquanto pessoa e artista...(só gostava de ter mais paredes cá em casa...:) ). Abraço

  9. Mysterious is the perfect way to describe your work. i love your human animals!

  10. Daniela Maria Santos30 May 2012 at 17:15

    São já alguns anos a acompanhar o trabalho do Daniel...É com grande prazer e alegria que vejo passo a passo a evolução do seu trabalho. Cada vez melhor e mais interessante...como alguém já disse era bom ter mais paredes lá em casa ;) Beijinho Dani

  11. I'd love to win this beautiful print! I love, love, love it!

  12. I'm also a fan on facebook and the interview series!

  13. I love Daniel's work because it's personal and warm!
    Oh, yes, of course, I liked his page on facebook.:)

    Thank you for sharing with us, Ana, another fabulous interview!

  14. Loved reading this interview about Daniel's work! I had his shop already in my etsy favorites and it's really great to be able to find out more about his life, inspirations and work :-)

    I am a fan of the interview series of course and now I became a fan of Daniel's facebook page as well.


  15. Simples mas complexo! Adorei, quero o Wild Boy!!

  16. Gostei tanto do trabalho do Daniel Moreira!!!
    E o Wild Boy ficava bem cá em casa!

    Elisabete José

  17. E sou fã do The interview series no FB

    Elisabete José

  18. E do Daniel Moreira Project também!!

    Elisabete José

    [não percebo porque apareço com perfil anónimo... sorry]

  19. I love Daniel's work. It was love at first sight!
    I am a fan of the interview series as well as Daniel's page!
    Thanks Anapina for this great interview!

  20. Oh oh oh loooooooove his work and the interview!!!!! Amazing works! So expressive!!!! appkauses and good luck to me!!! ;)

  21. I absolutelly love the work! so glad to discover it! Congratulations!

  22. I already "like" the interview series on fb! [name-kotsikou eleanna]

  23. I "liked" Daniel s page as well!! :)
    Please pick me! Love the print!!! :)

  24. Adoro as ilustrações do Daniel e uma ficava mesmo bem aqui nas minhas paredes! sou fã das interview series e do Daniel no FB:D

  25. Jose Augusto Castro4 June 2012 at 22:09

    Os Sigur Rós, que também são uma das minhas bandas de eleição, têm uma música que descreve bem estes desenhos- THE NOTHING SONG.


    assim sem mais nada!!!!

  26. beautiful and poetic work! I am fan of you and your interview series and of course of Daniel now, too. Thank you for introducing us to his work!

  27. Pera aí, eu ganhei??? Não posso crer! Iupiii!!! Nunca tenho sorte em sorteios, parece que chegou a minha vez eheh :) Obrigada Ana e Daniel, vai ficar tão bem nas minhas paredes!

  28. Thank you Ana! Thank you all for your comments and congratulations Adriana:)
    I hope you like the “Wild Boy”.
    Muito obrigado :)


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