My name is Daiena Dâmaso but my artistic name is Dai.
I was born in 1984 in Witten, a German town once known for its dynamite factory. At two years old, I moved to Vale da Amoreira in the south of Lisbon, where I grew up surrounded by the first urban art evidence in Portugal. When I become of age, I took a boat to the other side of the river, and completed a degree in Graphic Design at the University of Fine Arts in Lisbon. Curious of other seas, I traveled to Barcelona, and complemented my course at the University of Fine Arts.
Back to Portugal, I made my first art exhibition in 2014, with the theme “Amar, Amar, ir e voltar”. I sold half of the pieces, and "rolled up my sleeves". A few months later, I got the chance to have another exhibition of my own, this time in the house where Fernando Pessoa lived for 4 years, the Blog space, in Lisbon.
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I really did a little of everything. I once was caught scribbling walls by the Brazilian police; I illustrated 5 floors of the Goodnight Hostel, in Lisbon downtown; I illustrated three book editions for Fanzine; I painted the wall of an abandoned factory in Alentejo; and I learned how to make stamps with potatoes.
Every time I have the chance, I travel to the Alentejo coast, where my family is originally from. With a watermelon under my arm, I love to run along the beaches and the cliffs of Zambujeira, finding tranquility in the rough sea or in the songs of the people whom I most identify.
You may find me on the floor of some Lisbon bookstore, flipping through children's books, or in one of the seven hills of the Portuguese capital, with my eyes shining and my fingers dirty with Posca pen.