About Mini Gabi
I am a Fictional Character by Gabi Almeida.
I like to play music and travel around the world spreading messages of wisdom and motivation.
About Gabi Almeida, the creator
Hello my friend,
I am Gabi Almeida (AKA Mini Gabi)
I was born in São Paulo, Brazil and as a teenager I was sent to England by mistake.
Let me explain...
I was meant to go to the U.S, but the agency organising the trip made a mess of it, and I was sent to the UK instead…....Long story short, I fell in love with the country and ended up staying..
I grew up in São Paulo, a concrete jungle with the most amazing street art, and one of the biggest Japanese colonies in the world.
My mother was an artist and my grandparents art dealers, as well as the inspiration from the city, I grew up surrounded by paintings & art books of great masters.
Although I started drawing as a kid, my first career was in music, first as session guitarist, and then as a solo artist, and even so I used to design my album covers and posters, music was my main work. I wanted to give more focus on my art, but kept postponing it until one day everything changed - whilst running, I fell down, hit my head on the wall : ( bang !
I suffered from really bad post concussion syndrome and couldn’t go back to music. in fact I couldn’t do much - most things made me sick : (
Books were too hard to read, tv aggravated my dizziness, sound was impossible; and light even worse.
I discovered that comic strips were less demanding on my brain then full texts, so I started reading comics and drawing cartoons slowly….this is where my artist journey really began -drawing was the only thing that didn’t make me dizzy!
So I created my first character Mini Gabi!
I used to draw her in different adventures doing things I couldn’t do and this has really helped my healing.
Once I recovered, I was invited to exhibit the drawings I had produced during this time in a small gallery in Berlin (where I was living at the time)
It was a great experience so I decided to continue with my art full time - loving every minute of it!
Since then, I have been creating paintings, illustrations, taking part in art shows and illustrator fairs, creating street art and outdoor pieces for coffee shops. My images have been used by other brands and I have also started an online shop selling merchandise and prints.
Right now, I am developing new characters for the Mini Gabi world and developing a series with the character spreading inspirational messages around the world.
Sure music is still a passion of mine and at the moment, I am learning animation.
I would like to produce a music video with animations of my character playing music.
I love to collaborate with other artists, entrepreneurs and brands and would love to hear from you if you interested in a brand collab.
Besides art, I really enjoy listening to self development books, walking in nature and drinking coffee!
I have lived in London, Berlin, Barcelona, Sydney and I am now based in Kent just outside London.
Thanks you so much for reading my story, I know how time is precious these days and I am very grateful for your time!