Mariana Malhão (b. 1994) graduated in Communication Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. She began to develop an interest in independent publishing after doing an internship at Oficina Arara (Porto) and it was from there that she began to focus on creating fanzines, prints and other self-started graphic objects.
In 2018 she illustrated her first book “Uma Rosa Na Tromba de um Elefante” with poetry by António José Forte and in 2019 she illustrated the book “Ciclone — Diário de uma Montanha Russa” an adaptation of the play “Montanha Russa” — by Inês Barahona and Miguel Fragata — both edited by Orfeu Negro. She also illustrated some covers for Antígona.
It was also in 2018 that she created, together with Dylan Silva, Sábado-feira, a fair of independent edition and author objects (at Maus Hábitos do Porto) and is co-founder of Senhora Presidenta, a multidisciplinary gallery in Porto, which shares the space with the Gur carpet brand since 2018.
Her work is mainly focused on illustration, taking on different formats: book, magazine, fanzines, poster, ceramics, murals, among others. She participates in several group and individual exhibitions.