Marvellous João Ruas (aka. the Feral Kid)

João Ruas (born 1981) is a visual artist from São Paulo. A Bachelor in Graphic Design, he has worked inside studios in the United Kingdom and Brazil before dedicating himself exclusively to personal artwork and illustration.

YORE – “Selfishness, complexes, everyday issues and anxiety are not exclusive of our times. It seems obvious but our unconscious arrogant adolescent attitude towards the people that walked on the same grounds we live on, tries to prove the contrary. YORE is an ode to echoes, to beliefs and lost truths waiting to be discovered.”

RITES SERIES (below) – “This ongoing series of graphite works is based around the movements of Stravinsky’s ” Le Sacre du Printemps ” (The Rites of Spring). The first six of the series were displayed during the “Lined in Lead” group show at Gallery Nucleus, in Los Angeles.”

“Le Sacre du Printemps II – Migration” (2011)

“João Ruas paints a haunting world inhabited by enigmatic figures and regal beasts awash in a maelstrom of mysterious energies. His explorations of the darker realms of the spirit evoke states of emotional turmoil, spiritual hunger and troubled passion. Weaving together history, mythology and cryptic symbolism in a misty dreamscape where twilight is ever at hand and the bounds of gravity seem optional, he describes an ethereal mythos that is somehow deeply personal and disquietingly universal at the same time.” – Amanda Erlanson

“Beggar” (2009)

Illustration for the article “Mutants” – ©Wired Magazine/Condé Nast Publications

Illustration for the “Hot Hot Mails” project.

Find more of João Ruas’ work on his homepage. Check his official blog here and follow his inspirational-blog on tumblr.


ThornyThoughts Artwork – Featured Artist March

Introducing ThornyThoughts Artwork by asking Cynthia 7 either-or questions.

BOTH standing in a continuing battle

I like routine, when I got a lot to do, it is like a soft pillow and lets me function. But on the other hand it is the worst fiend, I totally dull and long for freedom, to let EVERYTHING become a ritual

Definitely trying hard

4) UP or DOWN?
HAHAHAHAH :D permanent rollercoaster, but you can BET I’m able to have the highest highs you can imagine, and they are even more appreciated after climbing up the hill from Rock Bottom :D

Coke (I’m trying to overcome my energy drink addiction)

I don’t believe in none of both ;) It’s all theatre.
In order to change the world you don’t become a politician, you rather mary some lobby guy. I’m not into utopia visions neither. As long as there are humans involved, no matter how awesome the basic idea is, at some point it will be ruined – by ourselves.
Religion is a tool to manipulate people, mostly to provoke a strong feeling of guilt and take money in return for salvation.
There is energy. I guess that’s what they mean when they talk about god.

Carpe Diem

Thank you, Cynthia.






































“It’s an attempt to turn negativity into productivity. To me it’s a way to process what’s gnarling and murmuring inside my head, and etching is the perfect technique to me since working with needles and acids is physical work aswell, kind of violent…together with music on headphones, getting dirty in the studio…it’s a perfect nondestructive way of swimming in my drama for a while, haha!… and in the end it’s all banned into the metal, and I can kind of put it away :)”

(“Inspiriert werde ich durch alle Medien, Träume, Gespräche und eben das, was so in den Fleischwolf meines Kopfes geworfen wird wie Erfahrungen. Motivation ist das alles irgendwie zu verarbeiten. Ich sag ja immer, Stagnation ist der Teufel, und Negativität in Produktivität kann verdammt befriedigend sein. Ist dann gebannt auf ein Medium. Radierung ist ja auch eine körperliche Arbeit, aber dadurch umso intensiver.”)

ThornyThoughts on myspace

Her mini-interwiev at