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Bruno Reis Santos, aka Mantraste.
Illustrator, graphic designer, and author Mantraste found paradise with a drawing pen in his hand - in nature and the studio - free from prejudices and misconceptions, just like Adam and Eve. We met him at Stolen Books in Lisbon, his haven where he sometimes works and teaches, for a chat.
Son to a hairdresser and a shepherd, Bruno was raised in the woods between Nadadouro, Caldas da Rainha, and Nazaré. Mantraste, a nickname given to him by a friend from Faial, firmly anchors his work in the records of popular art, particularly Portuguese. A fan of popular mysticism and nature, his childhood is his greatest inspiration.
For our collaboration, Mantraste took inspiration from the epic Paradise Lost poem of the late John Milton. Inspired by the idyllic paradise, he expresses the irony of a perfect world with drawings and popular symbols that lead us to reconnect with nature and with our most basic feelings: love, connections, and the established. Like Adam and Eve, Mantraste found paradise with a drawing pen in his hand - in nature and the studio - free from prejudices and misconceptions.