Marina Esmeraldo by Marc MedinaMarina Esmeraldo by Marc Medina

Illustrator & art director Marina Esmeraldo splits her time between Barcelona and London, creating colourful images for music, fashion, publications & brands. With her witty and vibrant illustrations attracting a range of commissions, her digitalised drawings are perfect for the internet age.

Informed by her upbringing in northeast Brazil and previous training in architecture, Marina’s style is bursting with experimental shape, pattern and composition, adding a computerised dimension to her once tropical surroundings.

She is also co-founder and art director of In Shades Magazine, a weekly illustrated short fiction magazine.

Marina has exhibited around the world, including in the Venice Biennale, and been awarded honours in Europe, the U.K., the U.S. and Latin America. Her clients include Google, Tumblr, Stella McCartney, Häagen–Dazs, the Washington Post, Refinery29, Lenny Letter, Wired, Women's March and many others.

Part of Women Who Draw.
Member of Ladies Get Paid, Women WhoMake Nice, HER Global Network and Yes Equal.
Former resident at Fireplace Project.

Photography by Marc Medina.
Some words by Cara Bray (People of Print).

Available for freelance work, collaborations & speaking opportunities. Don't hesitate to get in touch!

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Enquiries–US & Canada
Snyder New York
+1 212-653-0245

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Select Clients

Abortion Rights, Adidas, AIGA Eye On Design, ASOS, The Association Of Illustrators, AÃRK Collective, Audible, Bacardi, Boots, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Crest, Columbia School of Journalism, DOG Magazine, Droga5, El País, Eurostar, Google, Haagen–Dasz, Hallmark, Hello Mr, Highsnobiety, Lennyletter, Lufthansa, Mayor of Barcelona, Medium, Men's Health, Metropolitan Magazine, New York State, Nike, PepsiCo, Perrier, Peugeot, PAOM, Phish, Pride London, Print Club London, Refinery29, Semplice, Shelf Heroes, Smirnoff, Sony Mobile, So Young Magazine, Stack Magazines, Stella McCartney, Time Out New York, The Debrief, This Greedy Pig, Tumblr, Variety, Village Voice, Wired, The Washington Post, WeTransfer, Women's March, WorkingNotWorking

Awards & Honours

— V&A Illustration Awards 2016 (Nominated)

— American Illustration's Latin American Illustration 4 & 5 (Winner)

— Creative Quarterly 41 (Winner)

— D&AD Uniqlo Brief (Shortlisted)

— Association of Illustrators 2014 Illustration Awards (Shortlisted)

Public Speaking

DDD & OFFF Italia
Milan, 16–18 March 2018

Belfast Design Week
Belfast, 4 November 2017

Take Fucking Risks
(The Vaults Waterloo)
London, 22 November 2017

HER Global Network
Barcelona, September 2017

Refinery29: Cool Hangs
NYC, September 2017

New Masters: Smirnoff x Hen's Teeth
Dublin, August 2017

At Work x Eita Acontece
Brazil, January 2017

Creative Mornings Barcelona
Barcelona, September 2016



New Masters
Fumbally Exchange, Dublin
[ group show ]

The Art of Ping Pong
Protein Studios, London
[ group show ]

Takeover @ Tictail
Tictail Market, New York City
[ solo show]



Artists In Residence
Hen's Teeth Prints, Dublin
[ group show ]

Verdi Verd Gallery, Barcelona
[ group show ]



The Christmas Print Fayre
KK Outlet, London
[ group show ]

Hen's Teeth Print Launch
Hang Tough Framing, Dublin
[ group show ]

Limited Editions Gallery, Barcelona
[ group show ]

Wall of Wally
Material, London
[ group show ]

Be A Cloud
Mutuo Centro de Arte, Barcelona
[ mapping installation ]


Blackdove Launch
Art Basel, Miami Beach
[ group show ]

Blisters: Sound Sessions
Print Club London [ group show ]

Spotify #NowFeeling Selects
White Rabbit, London [ group show ]

(Design Week BCN, FadFest 2014)
Mitte Barcelona [ group show ]

Laser Cat Barcelona
OFFF Festival, Disseny Hub Barcelona
[ group show ]

Secret 7"
Mother, London [ group show ]

Laser Cat Miami
ADC 93rd Annual Awards, Miami
[ group show ]

Le Sacre du Printemps
Mutuo Centro de Arte, Barcelona
[ solo show ]


Open Air Festival
Montjuïc Castle, Barcelona
[ group show ]

Molécula Ilustración
Mutuo Centro de Arte, Barcelona
[ group show ]

25% Catalonia At Venice
Catalan Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale
[ group show ]


Photography by Marc MedinaJoey van Dongen and Wes Tarca.