Passion Never Retires for Vivian Mota

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I have so much fun doing what I do. It’s a way to keep my inner child alive. It’s always good even if the work is hard or heavy. I can’t see myself doing anything different.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Having fun. A concert of a band that I love. Being among friends. A family travel. A movie on the couch with my husband after a long day of work. The cute smile of my kid.

What is my greatest fear? I’m claustrophobic.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Sometimes I think I’ll have all the time in the world to do stuff, and that’s not true. I wish I could handle this better.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Mauricio de Sousa, Liniers, Laerte, Hiro Kawahara, Marjani Satrapi, Tara McPherson, Loish, Babs Tarr, Vera Bee.

What is my greatest extravagance? Working from home. That’s something I dont give up and I’ve luckly been doing for seven years.

On what occasion would I lie? I would omit unpleasant facts from people that I love, If I could.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? My work is very commercial. It works pretty well, I have a lot of clients and I’m always working on cool projects, but sometimes I feel that I should have a more impacting style, a bigger purpose, a cause. I also need to improve my self promotion.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Every morning when I sit on my desk with a new briefing, especially when the client gives me the freedom to create, I feel like that five year old girl that used to play among papers and pencils in the living room’s floor and spend the day drawing again.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I’m very curious. I’m interested about every single thing in the world. That is good because it gives me references, but on the other side, it takes away my focus. I would be a better illustrator if I put more time on it.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Being invited by a huge idol of my childhood, (probably the biggest influence of my work with illustration) to collab on a book in celebration of the 50th aniversary of his main character (Mônicas, Mauricio de Souza Produções). It was like a dream coming true.

Where would I most like to live? One of my dreams is to live in a city that combines beach and urban life, like San Francisco.

What is my most treasured possession? My 3 month old son is the best part of my life.

What is my most marked characteristic? Optimism.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The house where I spent my childhood and the park my dad used to take me every sunday morning.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? On my couch, with my husband, watching a movie.

What books influenced my life and how? Le Petit Prince can be a cliche, but it’s a book I read every year, and to each phase of my life it gives me a different answer. Animal Farm by George Orwell explains all that everybody needs to know about politics, and O Ócio Criativo by Domenico de Masi is the best book I ever read about work and purpose in life.

Who are my favorite writers? Aldous Huxley, George Orwell and Stephen King.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Don’t stop me now, by Queen If I’m feeling happy. Time, by Pink Floyd, If I’m sad.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Beatrix Kiddo, from Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My parents. My mom has a beauty and a sweetness that I wish I had too, and was the most altruistic person I’ve ever met. My father was so much talented in music and art. They still are my biggest inspiration and I miss them every single day of my life. Everything I do is to honor their names and lives.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? E.T. is one of my favourites, still makes me cry every time. Everyone should watch the Back to The Future and The Godfather trilogy at least once in a year. But I truly recommend The Great Dictator, by Charlie Chaplin. It’s a masterpiece.

What role plays art in my life and work? Art IS my life and work.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My mom, when she was alive. Now, it’s my husband.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? Creative people who get me out of the comfort zone.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017?  There’s a lot of them, too many to name.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? I have an idea to a graphic novel for years. I would like to start to work on it this year.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017?
My studio’s website:
My project “Sampa Versus Buenos”:
Also on instagram @rabiscorama and my facebook page

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?  I intend to work with passion till the day I die.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Some brazilian illustrators that I admire and are contemporary to me: Psonha Camacho, Bianca Nazari, Isadora Zeferino, Carol Antunes, Ma Matiazi.

How can you contact me?
By e-mail:

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