Cristina Sampaio lives in Lisbon where she has been working since 1986 as an illustrator and press cartoonist for several national and international magazines and newspapers such as Expresso, Kleine Zeitung, Courrier International, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
She has also worked in animation, multimedia, scenography and published several children’s books.
Her work has been presented in various group and solo exhibitions in Portugal and around the world.
In 2002, 2005 and 2009 she received the Award of Excellence from the Society for News Design (USA). In 2006 and 2010, she was awarded the Stuart Prize for the best Portuguese press cartoon. In 2007, she also received the first prize in the editorial category of the World Press Cartoon and the honourable mention in 2009 and 2015.
Currently she collaborates regularly with Público (Portugal), with Alternatives Economiques and Courrier International (France) and with the television channel RTP3 (Portugal).