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Tânia A. Cardoso (Lisbon, 1985) is an aspiring illustrator, urbanist and researcher based in Rotterdam. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Urbanism by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro interested in researching the relationship between illustration and the city.

Her Master thesis "Urban Chronicles: Representation and critique of the city through Graphic Novels" was nominated for the ANPUR 2015 award in Brazil and was a finalist for the Future Ideas 2015 Competition in The Netherlands.


Drawing in the streets of the city is her favourite hobby and her illustration work has integrated several international collective exhibitions in Portugal, Brazil, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom; won the “Worldwide Picture Book Illustration Competition” 2015 in the Netherlands and the “Gorsedh Kernow Creativity Award” 2017 in Cornwall, UK and is currently nominated for the “Women Cartoonists International Award” 2019 in Normandy, France.

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  • Nominated finalist for the Women Cartoonists International Award 2019, Normandy, France, 2019.

  • Winner of the 2017 Gorsedh Kernow Awards Creativity Award with the comic Men an Tol, made in collaboration with the writer Joana Varanda, Cornwall, UK, 2017.

  • Winner in the Quadradinho Fantásticos 2016 Awards (Comic with Best Art - Gandarinha, Comic with Best Coloring, and Best Subtitling and Ballooning - Gourmet Delicacies) promoted by H-alt magazine, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017.

  • Winner in the Worldwide Picture Book Illustration Competition promoted by Lemniscaat Uitgeverij, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2015.

  • Finalist in the Future of Design at Future Ideas Worldwide Academic Competition, The Netherlands, 2015.

  • Nominated for an award at the Academic Competition for the National Association of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Urban and Regional Planning-ANPUR, Brazil, 2015.

  • 1st place in the street art competition Sesimbra é peixe e Arte na Rua/ Sesimbra is fish and street art. Sesimbra, Portugal, 2014.

  • Merit Scholarship by the Carlos Chagas Filho Foundation for Research Support of the state of Rio de Janeiro - FAPERJ - 2013/2014.

  • Research Scholarship by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry - CNPQ - 2012/2013.

  • 1st place in the contest for the Poster Competition Festival Altitudes for the Regional Theatre of the Serra de Montemuro, Viseu, Portugal, 2010.


  • Collective exhibition Publieke Werken Rotterdam 2020, open-air exhibition in the streets of Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 9 July - 9 August 2020. 

  • Collective exhibition Women Cartoonists Award 2019 at the Centre for the arts of political cartoon, Museum of Work, Norrköping, Sweden, 16 June - 15 November 2020.

  • Collective exhibition Women Cartoonists Award 2019 at the Museum House of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo, Bulgaria, 6 March - 17 May 2020.

  • Collective exhibition Boerenzij - Wapke Feenstra at TENT Rotterdam with city illustrations, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10 October 2019 - 12 January 2020.

  • Collective exhibition A Dream within a Dream Penumbra Art Boutique and Studio with the piece The Kadath of my dreams, Charneca de Caparica,Portugal, 16 March - 6 April 2019.

  • Collective exhibition Barreiro IlustraBD at the Municipal Auditorium Augusto Cabrita, Barreiro, Portugal, 1 September - 14 October 2018.

  • Exhibition Blossoming through the concrete for the event Charlois Speciaal Art Festival (nature in the city illustrations), Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1-10 June 2018.

  • Collective exhibition at Attent project space for the event South Explorer (city illustrations and sketchbooks), Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 14 – 15 April 2018.

  • Collective exhibition Obra Prima at Penumbra Art Boutique and Studio with the piece The birth of Spring, Vialonga, Portugal, 7 April – 7 May 2018.

  • Pre-selected for ILUSTRARTE Biennial of Children’s Books Illustration, Portugal, Castelo Branco, 2018.

  • Collective exhibition A Castle in England with the pieces Progeny - Alternative cover for The Widow and Karrek Loos yn Koos: St Michael's Mount, London, UK, June/July 2017.

  • Collective Exhibition and catalogue Anxious Portraiture with the piece Slimy Thoughts at The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, Scotland, 11 October 2016.

  • Collective Exhibition at Pedr’Art Land Fest, Pedralva, Portugal, 16-18 September 2016.

  • Collective Exhibition for Vergílio Ferreira Illustration Competition (top ten) at the João Abel Manta Galleries for G!O Romaria Cultural, Gouveia, Portugal, July/September 2016.

  • Collective Exhibition Speculative Fiction in Comics at the Red Gallery of the Municipal Auditorium Augusto Cabrita, Barreiro, Portugal, June/September 2016.

  • Collective Travelling Exhibition and catalogue publication for the Worldwide Picture Book Illustration Competition. At Groeneveld Kasteel Museum in Baarn and Bibliotheek Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Bilderbuchmuseum in Troisdorf, Germany; The Hive in Worcester, Great Britain; Shanghai Public Library, China; 2015/ 2016.

  • Collective Exhibition at the 1st Festival of Literature and Illustration of Bahía, Brazil, 2013.

  • Collective exhibition and presentation of work for the exhibition Mostra ÚniQa. Organized by Who, Creative Talents Agency, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011.

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