Eduardo Recife is an artist, illustrator, and typographer from Brazil, known for his distinct collage style which combines vintage imagery, magazine cuts, textures, stains and lots of small details and symbols. He’s also known for his 35 typefaces, which the majority of it is freeware. Despite the young age, it’s been more than 15 years dedicated to his passion for collage, drawing and type, which began early on in his life. Recife shares:
"I’ve been drawing since I was little. At school I had notebook filled with drawings instead if notes. I used to tattoo my buddies with a black ink pen. I used to draw on any kind of surface when I was bored. I believe that’s what I do best, that’s also the best way for me to communicate things I cannot find words for. It’s a therapy, it’s a hobby, it’s a job, it’s what makes me happy."
Though keeping an extent personal body of work, he has worked as an illustrator and has added to his portfolio clients such as The New York Times, YouTube, Volkswagen, HBO, among others. Besides the commercial acknowledgement, his work has also been published in more than 70 books, both national and international art and design magazines and has won several prizes like Cannes Lion Gold (2011), the American Illustration (2009) and the Young Illustrations Award (2014). In 2014, Recife also been invited to join a select group of artists who created special work for the World Cup by FIFA, he has done an exclusive work for the collection of "Clube de Design" do MAM/SP and has been one the few Brazilians who have created a signed bottle for the renowned Absolut Vodka. In the field of photography, the artist has had his work acknowledged with the publishing of his book “My Dear India” (2010).
If you enjoy Eduardo Recife’s works, you might also like paintings by Lino Lago, who similarly engages in with the juxtapositions between the formal realism of classic art and the abstract aesthetics of contemporary art.