LISBONER ID, NUNO MALDONADO TUNA

LISBONER ID, NUNO MALDONADO TUNA

He believes that his natural curiosity made him an illustrator and his patience developed his designer skills.

Nuno was born in Lisbon 50 years and grew up in the residential and uptown area of São João de Deus, which is now known as Areeiro.

His mother was a kindergarten teacher there and his whole youth was spent in close contact with all the families of that neighborhood.

He believes that his natural curiosity made him an illustrator and his patience developed his designer skills.

Being the brightest city he knows, Lisbon has surely influenced his design and vector work.
On the other hand, his artistic work is influenced by people he gets to know around the world, that have been feeding his dark imagination of parallel universes and realities.
He finds this work to be organic and dirty, with rough thick outlines like in the comics.

Illustration josé manuel teixeira
Illustration

Throughout his life, he has lived in two or three different cities, but he only has that home feeling here in Lisbon, where he keeps his closest friends and that something about the river that he doesn’t feel anywhere else.

“There’s no river like the Tejo” – he says – “I’ve been to many riverside cities and none had this disproportionate relation between the city and the river. In some places, it’s like if you were staring at the Atlantic.”

Lisbon itself is like a family to him. He loves the late dinners with friends in old neighborhoods like Alfama, the area around the castle, and Bairro Alto, and most of his social life happens between friends’ houses who have been settling throughout this different Lisbon areas.

His work studio is in his own house and most of his time is spent in Areeiro where he still lives because he finds it really central and thriving with all his daily needs, from food to art supplies in all its local stores.

This Lisbon familiar feeling is, in fact, what he always loves to transmit to all his guest friends.

He gives them the downtown tour for starters, sprinkled here and there with some curiosities about places, monuments, and history, mixed with personal stories and insights, but he always ends these tours in a traditional Portuguese restaurant or a bar for some late petiscos, because he thinks that the true Lisbon spirit is really served in these gatherings around a table.

As always, I ask Lisboners to choose a word or a piece of music that defines Lisbon and their relationship with the city.
Nuno said he doesn’t like traditional Fado, and he knows that it’s not usual to assume it out loud but he finds that Fado is, indeed, a kind of Lisbon’s original soundtrack.

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