Roger Mello

Brazil
Born in Brazil in 1965, Roger Mello grew up with a love of reading, drawing, and writing. His passion and talent for these arts was fostered by an education in design, and Mello received a degree in ESDI/ UERJ Industrial Design and Visual Programming from the Higher School for Industrial Design at Rio de Janeiro State University. Mello’s Brazilian roots have provided strong foundations for his life and work. His illustrations provide avenues to explore the history and culture of Brazil. He does not underestimate a child’s ability to recognize and decode cultural phenomena and images. Through his illustrations, he allows children to be guided through stories by their imagination. Travel and discovery are important aspects of Mello’s artistic expression and the rich content of his work reflect his passion for folklore and for exploration of the world. He shares his interests in Brazil and in international culture and ritual with his readers, taking them on a journey through time and space.His works are innovative and inclusive, and they incorporate images that promote tolerance and respect for the world’s cultures and traditions. He has been part of many international book festivals and exhibitions, like the one that took place at the International Youth Library in Munich in 2011. He has also won several awards, including two Premios Jabuti (“Tortoise Prize”) in illustration, presented by the Brazilian Chamber of Books, as well as the international award by Fondation Espace Enfants (Switzerland) in 2002.