About Samuel Casal.
Samuel Casal was born in 1974 and lives in Florianópolis, in southern Brazil. He has been working as a graphic artist since 1990 and has illustrated books and magazines distributed worldwide. Casal has shown his work in individual exhibitions and has participated in collectives in Brazil and abroad. He has won several awards such as the HQMIX for best Brazilian illustrator for three years; a Jabuti, the highest prize in Brazilian literature; and also an Honorable Mention at the 2013 Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial. Casal created exclusive commissioned pieces for brands such as Nike and Rede Globo. Casal started his work in digital art in 1993 as an editorial illustrator, at the time, computers were just starting to be used as a drawing tool in Brazil. Since then, the artist has created his art in the same vector drawing software, with a mouse, wired directly to the computer, without sketches or previous projects, thus exploring the software's more limited characteristics to create hybrid compositions of synthetic elements and textures, but with a signature style created by his own gestural movements.
Building his own style for many years, drawing only in the digital environment, the artist reached aesthetic similarities with ancestral engraving techniques, and taking a reverse path, he also moved to experimenting with primitive analog techniques such as woodcut. Today, the artist is dedicated to these two worlds, technological and primitive, mixing both and taking his experiments from one to the other, between wood matrices, vectors, ceramics and pixels.