Born in Silva Porto, Angola, Rodrigo de Matos is an award-winning Portuguese editorial cartoonist. He lived in Brazil until he was 15, then earned a degree in Journalism in Coimbra and took a specialist course in Editorial and Press Illustration at Madrid’s ESDIP art school. He has been a contributor to the Portuguese weekly newspaper Expresso since 2006. Since moving to Macau in 2009, he has been contributing cartoons to Ponto Final, and in 2012 he began being published in Macau Daily Times, as well. Rodrigo won Press Cartoon Europe 2014, a competition held by Press Cartoon Belgium to honour the best cartoons published in newspapers, magazines and websites across Europe.
With the exhibition 25+10, cartoonist and illustrator Rodrigo de Matos celebrates a double anniversary — the newspaper Ponto Final‘s 25th and the 10th year of his own career, which began in 2006 with contributions to the Portuguese weekly Expresso. The show presents 25 of his cartoons published in Ponto Final since 2009, illustrating many of the topics that made the news in Macau over the years. To this selection, the artist has added another 10 works, which he describes as his “best cartoon of the year, one for each year in a decade-long career”, published in either Expresso, Ponto Final or Macau Daily Times, each of them satirising international affairs. The exhibition includes the cartoon that earned Rodrigo de Matos the Press Cartoon Europe Grand Prix in 2014.