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antonio lemos

Antonio began his career as an illustrator in 1968 with the Montevideo daily newspaper El Dia,

in his native Uruguay.


Before his departure from that country in 1981, Antonio drew countless illustrations for articles, interviews, short stories and more. He was one of the founding members of the Uruguayan School of Arts and exhibited in the first show of Uruguayan Comic Strip Artists held in 1979.


Although his work was mainly as an illustrator, Antonio’s career came to a turning point as a result of his work as a comic strip artist. In 1979, a series of comic strips he created (in partnership with Eduardo Barreto, the well-known Uruguayan comic strip artist) was sent to Australia. They were published there for over a year and that success led to his migrating  to Australia with his family in 1981. Soon his work was appearing in both ethnic and mainstream print media and up to now it covers in excess of 12 books in six languages.

In 1986 he was invited by the New South Wales Education Department  to create, develop and lecture in special art courses for TAFE  (Technical and Further Education) students in Spanish, which he maintained for three years. He lectured at Ashfield, Liverpool and Sydney Technical Colleges in NSW.

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Late in 1989 he was selected by Walt Disney Productions to undergo training in animation techniques, but had to decline as he had just been appointed to a position with the Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs. In 1993 a friend suggested he approach Frew Publications to work as a cover artist for their Phantom magazine. He was accepted, and today, over twenty years later, he continues to produce covers for The Phantom as well as commissions from its fans all over the world.


Participated on an ABC television documentary concerning Comics.

Was interviewed by The Chronicle Chamber in Australia.

Was interviewed by

in the United States of America.

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