When he spoke to WePresent, Rui Tenreiro said he saw himself as an art director first, but he’s proven over and over again that he’s so much more than that. Over the course of his career, the globe-trotting, Stockholm-based creative has worked as a strategist for H&M, created an artwork for display at Sweden’s Nationalmuseum, illustrated stories in the New Yorker, and published a variety of books. We were particularly taken with a 10-page comic he had published in the July 2019 issue of McSweeney’s magazine. Inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 featurette “Le ballon rouge” (The Red Balloon), it captures moments of calm and chaos during the Syrian civil war.
“When I was a teenager I didn’t know it was possible to make a living from drawing. That just seemed strange. It still does!”