A tent canopy is a perfect hideaway for dreaming, reading, or playing house! It is the perfect place for little knights and princesses to hold court. A magical retreat in which to find peace and quiet!
Rui Paes is a Portuguese artist, born in Mozambique. He studied at the Escola de Belas Artes in Oporto and completed an M.A. in painting at the Royal College of Art in London. He now lives in London and Suffolk.
His work, which includes murals and designs for the theatre, is represented in private collections throughout the world, including the historical Munkebakken house in Oslo, Norway. Lotsa de Casha written by Madonna was his first illustrated book.
Rui was 7 when he was given a box of crayons and started to draw. He escaped to his secret little island, his hideaway, where he would draw and stay for hours. At home, Rui and his siblings could draw on the walls with a piece of chalk (his parents had painted the corridor walls in black).
Animals puzzled him and he had quite a few that lived close to his house. He used to carry a sweet little squirrel inside his shirt almost everywhere. Monkeys were the most intriguing to him – “their hands are so animated and expressive - and when you catch their eye you really expect to hear a little voice telling you something funny or, sometimes, quite profound.”