Marina Esmeraldo


Marina Esmeraldo is a multidisciplinary artist from Fortaleza, Brazil, now based between Barcelona and London. Her work draws on a tropical upbringing, a Modernist training in Architecture and her innate wanderlust. She combines her artistic projects and research for exhibitions and installations with commissioned pieces for select brands. She has exhibited around the world, including in the Venice Biennale, and given talks and been awarded honours in Europe, the U.K., the U.S. and Latin America.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

I just discovered Mary Stewart's holiday thrillers (murder mysteries in paradisiac locations in the Mediterranean!), which make great summer reads as I love books that contain travelling as an element. My favourite books of all time are probably the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, and Undiscovered Country by Christina Koning. From the fantasy pile, which deserves its own list, I have long loved and frequently re-read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire.


Most visited blogs, websites? : 

I read the news every day, but for relaxation I've tuned in to A Cup of Jo for years. I've also recently been enjoying Sand & Such (a journal about sleeping) and passerbuys for lifestyle. For design news and updates, I like AIGA Eye on Design.

What apps do you use the most and why?

Unfortunately I spend a lot of time on Instagram and Pinterest. I also love the Adobe Suite for iPad, Adobe Sketch is probably my all time favourite app.

Whats currently on your playlist?

On The Beach by Neil Young
Feather by Little Dragon
Bum Bum Bum by Cass McCombs
Something To Tell You by Haim
Chamber of Reflection by Mac Demarco
Malamente by Rosalía
Casio by Jungle
Do I Move You by Nina Simone
Ramblin' (Wo)man by Cat Power
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

What records would you recommend to hear?

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
The Bossa Nova Albums by Stan Getz, João and Astrud Gilberto
Grace by Jeff Buckley
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
The Greatest by Cat Power


Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

I'm still a bit in love with the discovery of Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name). I love Richard Linklater's body of work. The Before trilogy, Dazed and Confused, and Boyhood are some of the most beautiful movies out there. Greta Gerwig's films are so enjoyable, and she's one of the rare breakthrough female directors (only 4% of films made are by women).

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Solange's multidisciplinary body of work is mindblowing, such an inspiration.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

Recently I finished the latest season of Stranger Things, My Brilliant Friend (the HBO adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels) and the whole of Seinfeld. I'm also enjoying the Amazon adaptation of Good Omens. All time faves include Mad Men, Parks & Rec, The Office and Game of Thrones.

Who are you following?



What tools do you use in your work?

Hardware: Macbook, a small Wacom tablet, an iPad and Apple Pencil.
Software: Adobe Suite, SketchUp.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

My favourite magazine is The Happy Reader, and I regularly splurge on Apartamento and Open House. As for the news I get mine on The Guardian, The New York Times, Folha de S. Paulo, El País, La Vanguardia and The Intercept.

What are your favorite gadgets?

In no particular order, these are my current best friends:
Coconut oil & aloe vera
My beautiful Brazilian, 100% raw cotton hammock
Sony bluetooth headphones
iPad + Apple Pencil
Simple Modern thermal bottle
A strong garden hose (to cool off in the summer) / hot water bottle (to cosy up in winter)


Marina Esmeraldo


Portrait image by © Teresa Marinho