Pedro Scassa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He first obtained a degree in Architecture and then moved to Italy, changing his interests to illustration and graphic design.

Since then his work has appeared in several Italian newspapers, including Gambero Rosso, Playboy, Liberal, Linea d’Ombra, Lo Straniero, Avvenimenti, Jazz not Jazz, La Repubblica, Il Manifesto, Il Messaggero, and in various magazines such as Confindustria, FAO, State Railways, Telecom, Acli and Filcams.

He also collaborated in the creation of various promotional campaigns for associations and institutions such as Legambiente, Ferrovie dello Stato, Hands Off Cain, Cgil, Union Latine. For the municipality of Rome has illustrated the publication “Modernizing Roma”, the books “The Zero-emission City” and “Saline” and a poster for the traveling exhibition “Factory Rome”. For the newspaper Il Manifesto he illustrated throughout 1997 the weekly “Windows”, a collection of short stories by Eduardo Galeano. His illustrations have also been published in the magazine Hands Off Cain and was nominated by the Art Directors Club of Milan in the annual'98. Since 2005 he collaborates with Voland, a roman editor, creating a series of book covers.

As a children’s books illustrator he published with Giunti (Mr. Centoporci, 1998), Orecchio Acerbo (Noialtri street children, 2002, The invisible world, 2004), Editori Riuniti (Encyclopedia of fable, 2002, Tales of the forest, 2003 Lapis Editions (Peace touch earth, 2003, An elephant is not a sweet, 2004, A Gift for Goumba, 2004), Città Aperta Editions (Frik la formica, 2006) and Sinnos Editions (Cricket nice cricket, 2007).

In 2005 the book A Gift for Goumba (text by Elizabeth Jankovic) won the National prize of literature for children "Città di Bella" and was selected as one of the "White Ravens" by the Internationale Jugend Library of Monaco.


  • Acli
  • Avvenimenti
  • Confindustria
  • Ferrovie dello Stato
  • Filcams
  • Gambero Rosso
  • Il Manifesto
  • Il Messaggero
  • La Repubblica
  • Legambiente
  • Linea d'Ombra
  • Lo Straniero
  • Playboy
  • Union Latine

Q & A

What was your most creative assignment?
I once collaborated with Hands off Cain, an international association against the death penalty. The articles were pretty tough and full of sadness, but I think I did some pictures full of wisdom.

What was your most difficult assignment?
The same as above.

What is your favorite music?
Jazz, bossa nova (hey, I’m Brazilian).

What is your favorite time period?
I consider myself very fortunate to live here and now.