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Ana Ventura

A degree in Painting from the Lisbon School of Fine-Arts was never going to be enough for a someone creative like 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 decorative wall stickers, 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, the originals of which were exhibited in Portugal, Italy, Spain and Germany.

Lili Scratchi 
I’m arrived in Paris in 1987. I‘ve studied graphism in a Parisian school called ECV (école de communication visuelle). I should have work in advertising or in communication agency with this formation but I’ve found a job in Office of fashion tendency. I leave Paris to live 1 year to « La Réunion »(small French island in Indian ocean).I created some tee-shirts for a local company called « Pardon ». Come back in Paris .I work for a famous french clothes company « Chevignon ». I’m a graphist. 1995 I become a free- lance and I found the name « lili Scratchy » –I write and draw my first children book « Lulu Magazine ». Since my activity widened: conception of games, stationery, press, books and since 2008 ceramic! The ceramic takes more and more place in my work. I‘ve exposed since the beginning of the year, in February in Tokyo and in May in Geneva. I’m a very lucky woman…I had a really happy childhood with 3 sisters and a brother. I grew up in a quiet place, a small town at 150 km from Paris. I think I always am an optimistic girl, attracted by colors, nature and all which surrounds me. My 3 children are an endless source of inspiration; I hope that they will not grow faster than me. After a classic schooling, I came to Paris to study the graphic arts.
I began my professional activity as art director's assistant in an office of style and today I am freelance worker, artist meddler no matter the support only counts the inspiration.

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