Mauricio de Sousa
Born in São Paulo in 1936, Mauricio de Sousa is Brazil's leading cartoon artist. In 1960, he established Mauricio de Sousa Productions and is now CEO. His works, including ’Turma da Mônica’ (’Monica & Friends’), ’Horacio’ as well as many others, have been appreciated and loved in Brazil for over 5 generations. Mauricio de Sousa is closely affiliated with Japan, as he has a strong bond with Osamu Tezuka. In 2013, he was awarded the 4th Class Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese Cabinet Office for his contribution to the cultural exchange between Japan and Brazil.