Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva

Artist 🌎 nomad 🧉 argentinean ✊ she/her

Animalitoland” is an emotional refuge identified by a strong presence of light & color, and Graciela’s signature characters. They invite you to lower your guard and investigate what you feel, without judgement or rush. She hopes your findings will help you build a better bond with yourself and a deeper connection with others.

Graciela works back and forth with pixels & pigments. She got a digital pen in 1999 and taught herself to draw using all the colors of the screen; inspired by music, animation and comics exchanged with friends. Graduated as Graphic Designer, she specialized in Character Design for commercial & artistic projects, mostly in animation, toys & illustration. In 2011 she started painting freely in the streets, which changed her life in many ways. In 2014 she left her designer life to become a full time artist, moving from Buenos Aires AR, to Madrid ES. Years later she moved to Vancouver CA, and lastly -with pandemic delay- moved to Los Angeles US at the end of 2021.

Her work has been featured in Conferences like Pictoplasma Berlín, Solo Exhibitions like “Corteza Invisible” at Swinton Gallery Madrid, Books like “Street Art” by Lonely Planet, Documentaries like “Wonder Walls: the story of Irish Street Art” by RTÉ, and Public Art projects in Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Estonia, China, Canada and USA.

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Use of images:
✣ Non-commercial: feel free to share my artwork, crediting “Animalitoland” as the artist. Please tag #animalitoland in social media.
✣ CommercialContact me for permission & arrangements before using images featuring my artwork for profit, or indirectly for a client’s campaign.

Testimonials

“A visit to Graciela’s website “Animalitoland” is a life-affirming experience.”
❧ Rebecca Budd, LadyBudd, 2020.

“When people pass by, they may initially be struck by the 4-storey mural’s bright colours but upon closer inspection, they can see so much more: a deeper reflection of themselves, the community and our world.”
❧ Lisa Wong, VancouverMuralFestival, 2020.

“If we look closely, her cute characters or something around them always emanate light. (…) Color is another of her key points, as she achieves color palettes to contrast in a way that they all stand out. And we can not stop mentioning her tender scenes, with wonderful characters from her imagination, or some iconic ones.”
❧  Fernando Huacuz, AllCityCanvas, 2019.

“The artists characters have a soft yet strong look about them, often smiling and looking inquisitive about what’s going on around them.” 
❧ Lewis Duncan, Nogreywalls, 2018.

“AnimalitoLand, a universe full of colors, endearing characters, adorable beings and lots of light. The murals of this artist stand out for this characteristic, for the magnificent use she makes of color and for how she’s capable of creating a light and a magical atmosphere. And is that Graciela manages to illuminate his work in a unique and spectacular way,”
❧ Estonoesarte, 2018.

“The style of the artist, incorporates characters with whom we can all feel identified, magical beings that have no defining features and in which the important thing is action and feeling.”
❧ Donna HadenGraffitistreet, 2018.

“Animalito has chosen for her characters colors and wonderful lightweight objects. Like floating around them accompanying them. And they are there, looking at us calmly, to remind us that much of our life is what we decided to take with us .. ”
❧ Anita SlowlyStreetartaddicted, 2016.

“Her illustrative style really pops with bright and vibrant colors that makes it look like almost 3D.” 
❧ Rom Levy, StreetArtNews, 2015.

”Animalitoland” is the creator of various creatures. Her drawings bring them into reality while beautifying city walls. She is a very active artist that makes fine illustrations, wall paintings, installations as well as custom art.” 
Estela RojoIsupportStreetArt, 2015

“Goncalves’s fervent world of eccentric characters means the Argentinean artist is a perfect fit for Berlin-based Pictoplasma, the annual celebration of international character design — unleashing her fantasies on this year’s festival (…)”
Lissa Hasselt, We-heart, 2015

”Animalito Land is one of these street artists that can create an entire world with a single piece of work. His specificities are a great number of colours and his childish characters that cheers you whatever your situation may be.” 
Nick RussellBlatanyBlunt, 2014

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