Mario Ramos was born in Brussels in 1958, to a Belgian mother and a Portuguese father. From very early on he was fascinated by how much a small drawing can transmit. During his studies in graphic communication, he discovered the fabulous and influential drawings of Saul Steinberg and Tomi Ungerer. Since 1983, Mario has been working as an illustrator in books and advertising. It was in 1995 with the publication of his first book (text and illustration) The World Upside Down that he decided to work on his personal projects full-time. "What interests me," he says, "is to tell a story with pictures. With a pencil and paper, anything is possible."