Paulo Zilberman

Animator and illustrator

Illustrated biography

A textured life path

My training is self-taught. I have always drawn anywhere and anytime. The pleasure of drawing and the power of creation have constantly stimulated me to seek new forms of expression.

Early in my childhood, I decided that I wanted to be an illustrator, and I have since strived to find the tools and develop the skills to achieve these goals.

That doesn't mean I learned it all by myself. On the contrary, I have learned a lot from the creation of several people who don't even know I exist. To them, my sincere acknowledgment.

In my early twenties, I moved to São Paulo. Here, I have worked in the newsrooms of many newspapers and magazines, always counting on the support of many people, for whom I will always be grateful.

Local and date of birth

• Porto Alegre, January 13th, 1961.


• Self-taught.
• 1986 — Watercolor course with Zélio Alves Pinto.
• 2015 — Classic animation course - Melies Animation School.


• Ilustration, graphic design, motion graphics and animation.


Profissional id 21.433/SP

1985–Today — Freelance illustrator and animator
Illustrator, animator and graphic designer

I have worked as a freelance illustrator in parallel to the newsroom routine. Among the publications I have contributed to are magazines likeMercado Global, Época, Época Negócios, Veja, Veja São Paulo, Gula, Cláudia, Imprensa, Playboy, 4 Rodas, Vip, Ícaro, Globo Rural, Meu Dinheiro, Scientific American Brasil, publisher houses like Moderna, FTD, Laselva and companies like McDonalds, Nestlé, Ipiranga de Petróleo, TV Globo, Rádio Eldorado, Ferrero Rocher, Unesp, Banco Santander, Banco Real, Cofap, Siemens, Credicard, Goodyear, AON, Air Liquide and Votorantim.

In the last few years, I have also created many animations for different clients.

1997–Today — Viva e Deixe Viver
Illustrator, animator and graphic designer

The Associação Viva e Deixe viver Viver, which means Live and Let Live Association, trains volunteers to tell stories to hospitalized children and teenagers and also has activities focused on health and education. I have participated in this project since the beginning, in 1997, creating illustrations, producing graphic material, and, in recent years, also videos and animations.

2008–2014 — Diário do Comércio
Illustrator and graphic designer

My experience in the Diário do Comércio newspaper was very important because it had a high demand for illustrations, and I could also make a lot of caricatures, a kind of work I had never done before.

2004–2007 — IstoÉ
Cover creator, infografics designer and illustrator

My work with IstoÉ represented the return to a weekly publication. I was responsible for the creation of the covers of the magazine and also participated in the creation of infographics and photoassemblages.

2003–2004 — Diário de S. Paulo
Illustrator and infographics designer

The Diário de S. Paulo newspaper was another publication where I could develop illustration and infographics projects.

2003 — Forbes Brasil
Cover creator, infografics designer and illustrator

Forbes Brasil was another business and finance magazine I worked for.

2000–2002 — Valor Econômico
Illustrator and infographics designer

Valor was another business and finance newspaper I worked for. There I made illustrations and infographics for the covers of the special editions. It gave me creative freedom to make very large and detailed illustrations.

1997–2000 — IstoÉ Dinheiro
Cover creator, infografics designer and illustrator

My work in IstoÉ Dinheiro was an opportunity to participate in the creation of a publication from scratch.

It was a weekly business and finance magazine produced by a fairy small group of people, and that meant not only hard work but also the opportunity to create lots of illustrations.

1989–1997 — Estadão
Illustrator and infographics designer

My time in Estadão was essential for my professional development. The varied and renewed demands of a daily publication made me develop agility without neglecting quality. The work went beyond illustration, also including graphic design and infographics. While I was there, the graphics creation evolved to digital, and it radically changed the way of doing things.

Courses taught

• 2001 — Photoshop and image enhancement course for the art department of Valor Econômico newspaper.
• 1996 — Photoshop course for the art department of O Estado de São Paulo newspaper.


• 2009 — Exposition in the 2nd International Humor Festival in Rio de Janeiro.
• 1992 — Journalistic Illustration Prize in the 1st International Salon of Printed Drawing in Porto Alegre.


• 1995 — Congress of the Society of Newspaper Designers, Barcelona.


• Fluence in English and Spanish, reading in German and Italian.
• German basic and mid-level certificates of the Goethe Institut in São Paulo.

Voluntary work

• Since 1997 making illustrations and graphic content for the Associação Viva e Deixe Viver.