Cristina Sampaio lives in Lisbon. She graduated in 1985 from the Lisbon School of Fine Arts. She has been illustrating children's books since 1987 and has worked since 1986 as an illustrator and cartoonist for several magazines and newspapers in Portugal and abroad. She has also worked in animation, multimedia, and set design. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in Portugal, Brazil, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Greece, Norway and Canada.