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BiographyAdd Fuel (Diogo Machado) is a Portuguese visual artist and illustrator with a degree in Graphic Design from Lisbon's Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing. He spent a few years working in design studios in Portugal, followed by an eight-month stint in Munich, Germany.
Since 2007, he has been focusing exclusively on his artistic work. Starting out under the full name Add Fuel to the Fire, he first created a dark yet exuberant visual universe populated by a cast of slimy, eccentric and joyful creatures, influenced by a variety of interests ranging from video games to comics, animation, sci-fi, low-budget B films, designer toys, and urban visual culture.
In 2008, fascinated with the aesthetic possibilities of symmetrical patterning and tessellations, he shortened his moniker and began redirecting his focus towards working with and reinterpreting the language of traditional tile design, and that of the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo in particular.