Nelson Santos

b Portugal Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


Nelson Santos is a Portuguese conceptual designer and fashion artist.
After finishing his studies at the Superior School of Art he moved to London where he lived for 9 years. In 2015 he moved to Berlin where he now lives and works. He is a 2 times award winner Fashion Artist. His work is a fusion of art, fashion and the dichotomy between the beautiful and the ugly and the aspirational desire for beauty.

He explores and overemphasizes the shape of the human body by manipulating materials, textures and cuts to create unique silhouettes and body shapes. His work is a fusion of art and fashion, exploring a different side of fashion, as well as the dichotomy between the beautiful and the ugly and the aspirational desire for beauty. As an up and coming designer, he won first place in the national award for young fashion designers in Portugal in 2006. He has also been awarded the “The Future of Fashion Illustration” an international competition by Fashion Capital in 2012, where he was chosen from over 100,000 entrants. His work comes alive in installations and short films that transport the viewer to a fantasy world of unexpected and unusual beauty.


  • Education
  • Fashion and Textiles Design - The Superior School of Fine Art - Porto - PT
  • Exhibitions
  • 2018
  • But He Does Not Rule The Heavens - Voodoo55 - Berlin - DE
  • Transformation by Enter Art Foundation – bunker101 – Cologne – DE
  • 2017
  • Enter Art Foundation at Lost Berlin – Willner Brauerei – Berlin – DE
  • Art installation - KEPLER 256b - Berlin - DE
  • Costumes Exhibition -The Ballery Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2015
  • Film installation - Fringe Film and Art Festival - London - UK
  • Film installation - Secret Sundaze Halloween Party - London - UK
  • 2014
  • Alter Angle - SOMOS Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2013
  • Extreme Fetish - White Cubicle Gallery - London - UK
  • Mad House - 22-26 Gallery - London - UK
  • 2012
  • Mad House - Club Hysteria - London - UK
  • Art Festival - Tide Mill School - London - UK
  • Art on an Easel - Paddington Central Art Fair - London - UK
  • The London Coffee Festival - The Old Truman Brewery - London - UK
  • 2011
  • Fred Loves Fashion - Fred of London Gallery - London - UK
  • Awards
  • 2012 The Future of Fashion Illustration Award - Fashion Capital
  • Collaborations
  • Costumes designed for Valentina Bardazzi, Mikey Woodfridge, G8000.000, Ibibio Sound Machine, Secret Sundaze and others

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