April 16, 2024

Lino Arruda: Monstrans

Lino Arruda is a Brazilian, transmasculine artist, graphic novelist, illustrator and activist.
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Arruda has a PhD. in Literature (Fulbright) and is a 2024 Arizona Commission on the Arts Research and Development Grant recipient. His work depicts trans/queer culture through monstrous embodiments that stretch beyond the highly gendered notion of Human. His 2021 graphic novel, Monstrans, is inhabited by characters that are part-human, part-monster. In it he shares autobiographical stories that explore identity at the intersection of disabled, lesbian and transmasculine experience. His newest graphic novel, Cisphoria, is a trans-futuristic graphic triology and a collaboration with Brazilian, transmasculine artist and friend Lui Castanho (co-writer). Cisphoria soldout 5 months after it was released in Brazil last year, and can be accessed through Patreon in English and Portuguese languages.
Monstrans won the Mix Literario 2021 trophy. Lino loves illustrating books, developing games and collaborating with other LGBTQ+ artists.
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Music: Flor de Nopal / Vikó Velázquez
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