From 2001 to 2011, Joana Lira was part of the creative team behind the scenography and visual identity project for the Recife Carnival. The project was featured in many exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, including the Art and City exhibition at Designmai, in Germany, in […]

Recife Carnival

Exhibition curated by Mamé Shimabukuro on the visual identity and scenography work done for the Pernambuco State Carnival over a period of 10 years. The exhibition was on in Jan-Mar 2018, at the Tomie Ohtake Institute, São Paulo. “Bringing the exhibition inside the institute meant […]

When Life Turns Euphoric

Site-specific created in 2017 for Sesc Santo André, in the Greater São Paulo, curated by Diego Matos. Addresses a departure from life’s standards, prisons and constraints, in addition to proposing reflection on what we take from nature through violence, and how it responds. Self-cultivation is […]

When It All Bursts Out

Joana’s first individual painting exhibition, held in 1997 in Madeline Lamartine Art Office, Recife. The paintings were inspired and influenced by Armorial Art, as well as by graphics and forms present in Joana Lira’s graphic analysis of rock paintings in the Sertão do Seridó, Rio […]

Crazy Beasts

Mapa Moradia (“Housing Map”) was created for the visual communication material of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing in 2009. Project done in partnership with designer Elisa von Randow. “Joana Lira knew like nobody else how to translate in drawings the hard task […]


Creation of the visual identity for the Sete Cidades (PI), Ubajara (CE), Serra das Confusões (PI) and Jericoacoara (CE) Nationals Parks, 2014. Project done in partnership with architect Manoela Machado and designer Tacio Ferraz.


Visual identity and scenography creation for the Visitors Centers in six state parks in Alto do Ribeira region, São Paulo State: Ilhabela, Ilha do Cardoso, PETAR, Intervales, Carlos Botelho and Caverna do Diabo. This work was part of the São Paulo State Government’s Ecotourism in […]

São Paulo State Parks

Creation of the visual identity and scenography for the 27th Garanhuns Winter Festival, 2017. The Festival is a Pernambuco State event dedicated to music, film, dramatic arts, popular culture and every other form of Brazilian artistic expression. Work done in partnership with the Carlos Augusto […]

Garanhuns Winter Festival

Natureza é Luz (Nature is Light) is a poetic composition made from wood and colorful layers of ribbons cut from PET bottles. Here, the waste is given a noble, essential role. The piece was created exclusively for the RioMar Environment Week of 2018. The PET […]

RioMar Recife

Joana Lira painted on pottery and china from 1996 to 2006. At first, her biggest challenge was to find material available from the marketplace and turn it into special pieces with her painted designs. After seven years, she began to create her own casts and […]


Trio Nordestino (Northeastern Trio) for the St. John’s Festivities’ visual identity, Recife City Hall, 2009

St. John’s Festivities

Creation of the visual identity and scenography for the 69th Congress of the Brazilian Dermatological Society, held in Recife in 2014. Submitted to the 11th Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial. Project done in partnership with designer Tacio Ferraz and architects Carlos Augusto Lira and Ana Maria […]

Dermato Recife 2014

Visual identity creation for the Boa Praça Movement, a São Paulo City group intended to mobilize people, companies, government entities and institutions to occupy and rehabilitate public spaces, in particular public squares, returning them to their intended purpose: recreation, leisure, debate and inclusion.

Boa Praça Movement

Visual communication developed for the project that mobilized the community surrounding the Corujas Linear Park, in São Paulo’s Vila Beatriz district. The project aimed to propose new uses for the public area. The project was idealized by designer Carolina Férres (Café Urbano) and architect Renata […]

Coruja Project

Participation in the revitalization campaign for the Éder Sader Square in São Paulo’s Vila Madalena district. The recovery effort directly involved the community and had the support of private enterprise and the government, 2014.

Éder Sader Square