Hello, my name is Irena Freitas!
I'm an illustrator from Manaus, Brazil. I have a BA in Journalism and Graphic Design, and I recently graduated from an MFA Illustration program at SCAD. ​​​​​​​
I love illustrating people and funny situations that happen in our daily life and to create busy and playful compositions that hopefully invites the viewer and to interpret the image as an active role in this visual narrative. 
My work has whimsical quality because of the characters and themes I’m presenting that fits nicely to the children’s book market, but I also like to layer my illustrations with hidden jokes and satirical observations of daily life, and this aspect could be interesting if paired up with an editorial article. I also enjoy, whenever I have the opportunity, to work on typography and hand lettering. 
The fact I borrow naïve and childlike elements as part of my visual language doesn't limit my work to a younger audience. The juxtaposition of whimsy with denser topics like politics, human rights, science, etc. usually creates a very unusual, but interesting, contrast.
For general inquiries just send me an e-mail at irenafreitas@gmail.com

Awards
2017 Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Student Scholarship
2017 Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Mentorship Award
2017 Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Honors Award
2017 Red Dot: Communication Design Award for “Dead for a Day”
2017 AI-AP Latin American Ilustración 6 for "Welcome to My World!"

Work Experience
Freelance illustrator
Intern at Bolsas Monica Abreu
Junior Designer at Petit Fabrik

Publications
A Menina que Pensava Demais: diário de uma ET, Editora Seoman, 2010 
Como Fazer Amigos, Revista Capricho, Grupo Abril, 2011
Mundo Sítio, Editora Globo, 2012
O que Acontece Durante o Beijo, Revista Capricho, Grupo Abril, 2012 
Como Ganhar Dinheiro Com Blogs?, Revista Capricho, Grupo Abril, 2012
Ana Bolena, Editora Valer, 2013 
Horóscopo Junho, Revista Capricho, Grupo Abril, 2013 
Pilates em Casa, Revista Capricho, Grupo Abril, 2013
Broken Telephone, Ryan Estrada, 2014
As Valentinas, Editora Rocco, 2014
Meus 15 Anos, Editora Rocco, 2014
Bravest Warriors #26 Cover C, BOOM! Studios, 2014
Na Porta ao Lado, Editora Rocco, 2015
Vai Nascer!, Revista Crescer, 2015
Plantão Pediátrico, Revista Claudia Filhos, 2015
Unicorn Forest 36 Piece Jigsaw Floor Puzzle, Crocodile Creek, 2016

Selected Group Exhibitions
Pokemon Battle Royale, Light Grey Art Lab's, Minnesota, 2012

Ilustre Uma Música, Coletivo Murro, Criciúma, 2012

Girls: fact or fiction, Light Grey Art Lab's, Minnesota, 2012

Weird Science, Galerie Limited Edition, São Paulo, 2012

Brazil Illustrated, The Living Room Soho, London, 2013

Animystics, Light Grey Art Lab's, Minnesota, 2014




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