Nando Costa - October Featured Artist

Nando Costa

Portland, OR

When was the last time you ate a pancake?
About a week ago. My wife makes this amazing Swedish oven pancake.

Favorite day of the week?
I have to say Friday! There is something about it that brings back memories from my teenage years and knowing I would not have to go to school the next day. Amazing feeling!

Favorite website besides your own?


Give us a brief description of you an your work.

I'm a Graphic Artist and Director originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil currently living in Portland, OR. I have been working in the animation field for over 10 years and have collaborate with clients like Nike, Apple, Microsoft, Absolut Vodka, Cartoon Network, Lexus, Modest Mouse, Timex, FOX and many others.

What's your goal as an artist?

My day job to direct commercials. So as an artist I try to create projects that fulfill my needs to express ideas without a lot of boundaries or a particular agenda or even specific deadline. So in other words I just want to have fun.

Favorite living artist?

Inka Essenhigh

Favorite type of melon?


Who would win in a paint off between Gustav Klimt and Pierre-Auguste Renoir?


Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?

I've seen the product in person and know it's high quality. But aside from that, it was important to me that the process of handling all of this wood was sustainable and also that people purchasing my work would not have to frame it in order to hand on their wall.

Breakfast cereal of choice?

Plain granola instead is a bit more my style.

More about Nando

Nando's interest in art started around the age of 15 when he found himself obsessed with creating really intricate ink drawings. Over time he started experimenting with various other mediums like sculpture, painting and photography. He attended the well known art school, Parque Lage, in his home town of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over the last 14 years Nando has worked with a long list of clients including: Apple, Nike, T-mobile, Nintendo, Adobe, Microsoft, Modest Mouse, and Lexus. If modern day artists were as well known as modern day musicians, Nando would be bigger than Bieber.

We are incredibly excited to be working with Nando Costa on his newest project entitled The New America. The New America is a short film that will pick up on the limited edition series of laser engraved wood panels Nando created in 2010. Nando fell in love with the process and will be using Plywerk as his substrate for the laser engraved illustrations for the film. The length of the film will depend on how much backing he is able to get for the project. Check out his kickstarter campaign here: A pledge for $35 or more gets you an original 8x4.5 Nando Costa original!

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