Léo Vargas, a Brazilian illustrator and designer residing in Espírito Santo, Brazil, is known for his relaxed artistic style. He has a penchant for vibrant and saturated color palettes, skillfully crafting fun characters, and employing textures, colors, and organic shapes to weave intricate illustrations that narrate compelling stories. Léo draws inspiration from the rich diversity of people and life experiences, constantly pushing boundaries and experimenting with new techniques to enhance his artistic prowess and fuel his creative spirit.
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Leo Vargas in the Spotlight
How do you define your identity? Do you identify with (or advocate for) any marginalized communities?
I consider myself brown, I wouldn’t want to yet, but in the near future
3. Where is home?
I lived in Vila Velha, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Describe your style of illustration in one sentence
My style is funny and collorful
What themes do you enjoy exploring?
Diversity, sports and music
What techniques do you use?
Digital illustration and animation
How much of yourself and your own story can we see in your work?
I believe almost everything, because people say I’m fun and spontaneous and that’s what I try to convey with my art
Is there an unmistakable thread in your creative work?
My characters and my color palette
What do you want to be known for?
I would like to be recognized for my characters and color palette, for my style
Which projects excite you most?
Projects that have some social impact on people’s lives and projects that are seen by many people
What is your dream gig?
Any project for Nike or adidas, Leo as a child would be very happy
Where, when and how do you best create?
In my house, with time and a coffee
Name a tool you can’t live without!
Photoshop and procreate
What would you tell your younger self?
Illustrating the future
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