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Ricardo Santos

Graphic design. Illustration. Kindness.
Lisbon → World.

Graphic design. Illustration. Kindness.
Lisbon → World.

Sardinha Festas de Lisboa 2016

❒ illustration
↳ 2016
↳ open call

Every year in June Lisbon’s City Council holds an illustration open call as part of the city's month-long festivities. The sardine, elevated to city icon, serves as a blank canvas and a vehicle to decorate the city from top to bottom, as the sardinhes are printed by the thousands and distributed for free to be fixed in walls, store fronts and urban furniture.

Our submission, titled A Midsummer Night's Dream after Shakespeare's play, depicts scenes from a quintessential Lisbon June evening.

The exhibition is curated and designed by Silvadesigners, a Lisbon-based design practice.

The illustration was also published in +500 Sardinhas, a book published in 2018 with a selection of the best illustrations from the 2014-2017 period.

Ricardo Santos Sardinha 2016 illustration on the streets

+500 Sardinhas. 2018

Ricardo Santos Sardinha 2016 illustration
Ricardo Santos Sardinha 2016 illustration
Ricardo Santos Sardinha 2016 illustration on the streets
Ricardo Santos Sardinha 2016 illustration on the streets

↑ The sardines are printed in k-line and handed out in events and parties all across the city. Over the years, they have gradually worked themselves into Lisbon's urban landscape.

Ricardo Santos Sardinha 2016 exhibition

↑ Exhibition.