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In these stories, the author seeks to portray the harsh and difficult reality of the city neighborhoods of Costa Rica, where the notion of the Tico as a good-natured and hard-working peasant has been displaced by drugs, prostitution, and the insecurity experienced by its inhabitants.

Pimps, addicts, murderers, traffickers and rapists are the protagonists of the tales that try to illustrate an existing reality, but one that is alien to the majority, who insist on perpetuating the image of yesteryear of a rural, ecological country full of people from good heart.

Illustration of the storybook "Suburban Tales".

  • Illustrator: Mauricio Bustos Galeano.
    Technique: Pointillism on parchment paper, computer textures.
    Format: A4 Digital printing, limited edition of 10 copies signed by the illustrator.


    Mauricio is a graphic designer with extensive experience in commercial and cultural projects. He has worked for different advertising agencies in Europe where he has developed creative visual communication projects for companies such as Audi, Lufthansa, BMW, Nissan, DHL, IKEA among others. He has had collective and individual art exhibitions in various art galleries. 
    He lives and works in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, Brazil, where he maintains his graphic design office and artistic workshop.

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