Julia Nascimento is a Brazilian illustrator and cartoonist with art, fashion, and research backgrounds. Employing a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to her work, she is passionate about autobiographical narratives and collaborations.
While living in Japan for almost a decade she pursued postgraduate studies in fashion and worked in different sectors of the fashion industry. In 2017 she launched her career in illustration and comics, and in 2018 she co-founded ToCo – the Tokyo Collective.
Currently based in Sweden, Julia Nascimento has her work published in books and periodicals in Japan, Sweden, USA, and the UK.
Malmö University, University of Gothenburg, The Believer, Seriefrämjandet (Bild&Bubbla), The Japan Times, Bunka Publishing Bureau, Open Past SCIO, Innovative Language Learning, Liquem Tokyo, TELL (Tokyo English Lifeline), DT&Company, Supermama, Jiyugaoka Gym, and more.
Awards and Accomplishments
AIR Litteratur Västra Götaland Grant, Cultural Development Administration of Region Västra Götaland (Förvaltningen för kulturutveckling Västra Götalandsregionen), Sweden, 2022
First Prize for "Outside My Window in Rural Sweden" in the Window Comic Open Call, Drawing the Times (drawingthetimes.com), 2022
Swedish Arts Grants Committee one-year working grant (Konstnärsnämnden Bildkonstnärsfonden ettårigt arbetsstipendium), Sweden, 2022
Kronoberg county's cultural committee working grant (Region Kronobergs kulturnämnd arbetsstipendium), Sweden, 2021
Wake Up - FRAME competition, story "Deadlord" published in the Comics Anthology for the 1st Prague Comic Art Festival, pages 46-48, Centrala, UK, 2017
Japanese government scholarship funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Tokyo, Japan, 2010-2015
"Insectus" short animation film, featured in 13a Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2010
Best Technical Animation for "Animajazz" short animation film, 4 Festival Nacional de Animação Locomotiva, RS, Brazil, 2009
Artist in Residence and Mentorships
AiR at Konstepidemin sponsored by Cultural Development Administration of Region Västra Götaland – Gothenburg, Sweden, December 2022 (upcoming)
Mentorship program with illustrator Julia Breckenreid sponsored by Koyama Press Provides – May 2021
AiR at Konstepidemin, Guest Studio 1 – Gothenburg, Sweden, Dec 2019 – Dec 2020
Air at Konstepidemin, Guest Studio Robert – Gothenburg, Sweden, Aug 2019 – Nov 2019