Mariana Santos, known as" Mariana, a miserável" (the miserable one), was born in 1986 in Leiria, Portugal. When she was a small child, her dream was to be a florist but, soon enough, she entered a life of "misery, cesspit and rock'n'roll". One step behind the fall and a marriage of convenience, she sold her heart in a souvenir store to pay the bills. She studied graphic design at Escola Superior de Artes e Design (Caldas da Rainha), where she developped her taste for "not-knowing-how-to-draw". Develops and participates in numerous solo and group exhibitions of illustration. Attended the Masters in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects by the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto. Besides studying, she is involved in a number of illustration projects: she is the Director of Illustration at JUP, she takes part in many exhibitions (collective or solo), small publications, collective murals and she oftens design posters for her friends as well as calendars, magazines and books.