A degree in painting from the Lisbon School of Fine-Arts was never going to be enough for someone as creative as Ana Ventura. And so, with support from the Erasmus program, in 1999 she took a course in Printmaking, Illustration and Painting at the École Supérieure d'Art Visuel La Cambre, in Brussels. She is a multi-facetted illustrator and artist, and her unique style is found in a wide variety of media, from illustrated adhesive tape to paper dolls, from book markers to decorative wall stickers, from postcards to clothes and accessories. She has had solo and group exhibitions in Portugal and abroad since 1996, and her most internationally recognized project has been her personalized All Star sneakers for the centenary of Converse in 2008. She regularly teaches in art workshops to those who are interested in discovering their creative voice. She is an artist at the gallery of the Portuguese Centre for Silkscreen-Printing (Centro Português de Serigrafia - CPS); this was a technique that she used in the illustrations for the book Nove storie sull'amore (Nine Stories About Love) the originals of which were exhibited in Italy, Spain, Iran and Germany. Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
Text by Carla Maia de Almeida