Daniël Hugo

Born 1975 in Riversdal, South Africa

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

After completing his National Diploma in Graphic Design at The Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 1996, Daniël Hugo was fortunate enough to get a design position at a clothing company in Mauritius. “It was on the island that I began filling sketchbooks, chronicling ideas and extremely vivid dreams. This was the beginning of the 'Oneironaut'.”

Returning to Cape Town in 1998 he has since been freelancing as an illustrator, storyboard artist and visualiser for numerous ad agencies, publishers and film productions. His lists of former clients include Ogilvy Cape Town, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. In 2001 he became a member of the 'Igubu Comics Collective' and has been a contributor to numerous underground publications including 'Helix', 'Clockworx', 'Velocity', 'GrafLit' as well as 'Holland SF'.

Since, he has self-published 'The Oneironaut' & 'Other Tales' (a collection of short comics spanning 2001-2013) and 'The Souvenir', a graphic novella prequel to and inspiration for Uncharted Waters which appeared in the independent local anthology publication 'SECTOR'. 'The Souvenir' has also recently been translated by Brazilian publisher, Skript Editora, for the lusophone market.

As a local independent comic creator, he co-presented a panel on South African comics at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2014. Apart from his illustrative work he has participated in several group exhibitions locally and continues to devote time to practice his creative research.

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1975 -
Nationality: South African
Residence: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa