Fernando Dias Da Silva was a Brazilian artist, who lived and worked in the United States on advertisements and comic features like 'Rex Morgan, M.D.'. He was born in São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil, in 1920 and later lived in Rio de Janeiro, where he was a staff artist with J. Walter Thompson, McCann-Erickson and Grand Advertising. He emigrated with his family to the United States in 1959. He settled in the Chicago North Suburbs, where he became a successful commercial illustrator and fine arts painter. Da Silva has produced a lot of artwork for advertisements (including the 'Marlboro Man' and William Wrigley Jr's 'Fun Facts' campaigns), books, syndicated comics and sports features.
His work appeared regularly in Playboy Magazine, Encyclopedia Britannica, World Book Encyclopedia, and the Chicago Tribune. His comic credits include work on the 'Rex Morgan, M.D.' strip between 9 June 1980 until 7 July 1984. He continued to paint and exhibit his work while living in a suburb of Chicago, and passed away in Cape Coral, Flordia, on 5 March 2012.