comic art by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro

Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro was born in Lisbon, into a large family of distinguished artists. He made his theater debut when he was fourteen years old, yet decided to become a graphic artist and published his first album, 'O Calcanhar d'Achilles', in 1870. It was a collection of caricatures of literary celebrities. In 1884, he started a ceramic factory at Caldas da Rainha, which is still in business today.

A Parodia
A Parodia (26/3/1902)

He founded the bi-monthly magazine O Binoculo, and shortly after started A Berlinda. Pinheiro also published his work in magazines like El Mundo Comico, A Lanterna Magica, O Antonio Maria and El Bazar. Influenced by Wilhelm Busch, he specialized in sequential narratives, and published several more albums. Among others, he came with a satire on the Brazilian emperor's trip to Europe, called 'Apontamentos de Raphael Bordallo Pinhoro sobre à Picaresca Viagem do Imperdor Brasil pela Europa' (1872). His last one, 'A Parodia', appeared in 1900.

comic art by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro

Maxixe na Politica, by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro1900

Another Pinheiro biography
(in Portuguese)

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