Nelson Santos, Portugal Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement Nelson Santos was born in Salvaterra Magos on 1974 year of revolution in Portugal and describes himself as a self taught artist who learned about drawing and caricaturing from watching and studying other artists. His short caricature career began in 1999 in an animation studio where Nelson worked at the time and would always been asked to draw caricatures and sketches of his friends. A call came in for a caricature artist at a convention for a company trying to promote a new brand of organic shampoo (which nelson later discovered he was allergic to.) During this period the caricature bug really took a big bite out Nelson. One artist that has been inspirational to him is Jan Opdebeeck. He has plunged headfirst into the caricature business and can be found drawing caricatures in weddings, parties, congress and all sort of corporate events. Ever since the building of his website Karikamania the work has never stopped and one thing he proud himself was being hired from Brazil, Holland, China and worked at Berlin and Heidelberg in Germany!
In 2005 after a workshop in Malaga he becomes a member of the NCN: National Caricaturist Network, an international non-profit trade association. Its purpose is to promote of the art of caricature, educate the public and the media about the art of caricature and to provide its members with helpful information about caricature as an as art form as well as a profession. The NCN currently has close to 500 members from around the world, and is growing every day. In October 2006 participated in his first NCN convention at Orlando, Florida among more than 300 artists and received an award by Mark Simon. "Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference For Artists". In 2007 participated at a workshop in Osterbeek na Holanda and returned with some awards:
-3rd place for best caricature ( 2 prémios ex-aqueo ) -2nd place for best black/white caricature -3rd place for best caricature portfolio
The future of Nelson is to be published at a weekly or even diary newspaper, is recent contact are Futebolista (only football magazine in Portugal); Jornal Semanauto, Bd Jornal.
His cartoons and illustrations most recent reveal a particular style and approach that are being noticed not only in Portugal but outside.
He is represented by "Who Agency" here in Portugal since 2006.
Expositions and Awards:
March 2007, Penamacor June 2007 Vila Velha do Rodão Fifa Stuttgart 2006 Award with a caricature of Ronaldinho
Have a look at his website: http://karikamania.no.sapo.pt/