I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At the age of 14 I acquired the famous Preston Blair book and began learning the magic of animation through the principles in it.
By the time I was 15, I was able to get an internship at one of the most prestigious animation studios in Sao Paulo. I worked there for 4 years- first as an in-betweener and later as an animator on many TV commercials. Since I did not attend an art or animation school, I learned on the job. After a few years of animating on TV commercials I felt I was ready for the next step: Feature films.
Since I was a fan of the work from the Don Bluth studio, specifically the film “The Secret of Nimh”, I flew to Dublin, Ireland where their studio was located, and applied. To my surprise I was hired as an animator right away and spent 4 years in Dublin, then 2 more years once the studio moved to Arizona where I worked on the film “Anastasia”.
In 1997, I began working as an animator at Disney Feature Animation on films like “Fantasia 2000” (the Firebird sequence), “The Emperor’s New Groove” (as Lead animator), and “Home on the Range” (as Supervising Animator).
After a few years I left Disney to go back to my home of Brazil. I worked as a freelancer on several TV and Feature film projects including “Enchanted” and “Curious George”. Later, I went back to Disney to provide animation on the feature film “The Princess and the Frog” and then over to Dreamworks to help animate the “Kung Fu Panda” short films.
Most recently I have been animating (still at Dreamworks) on the CG/Traditional animation film “Me and My Shadow”, which was then canceled. I then had the opportunity to animate on the third Kung Fu Panda 2D short.
I am currently am head of my own studio and work as an animator and character designer on many TV and feature film projects for various studios.