This week, we catch up with creative duo Palo and Manu — the Malaga-based couple who create work under the name of Estudio Santa Rita — for our latest Neighbourhood Watch.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, what do you do and why do you do it?
Hello! We are Palo and Manu, a restless couple who create under the name of Estudio Santa Rita. Our art comes from the South of Spain, Málaga. We founded our studio in 2013 after realizing that we needed to express our art through illustrations, design and letterings. We then decided to establish it in our own city.

What did you both want to be when you were growing up?
Art is fundamental to our life. Since we were children, we knew that we wanted to study fine art, it is something intrinsic to our lives.
Art is essential in our work. We think that art is for telling something through any technique or artistic practice and, together with design, plays an important role in our lives. Visual art doesn’t only change the way we see the world, it’s also necessary for our lives.

“Visual art doesn’t only change the way we see the world, it’s also necessary for our lives.”

How would your friends describe you?
Our friends would say that we are crazy, obsessed with our work!

What do you believe in?
We believe in art and in its multiple expressions, as a way to explore the world and our environment through visual experience.

If you could change one thing about the fashion industry, what would it be?
We definitely would break with the stereotypes of beauty and gender. Each person is unique.

Who run the world?
Arya Stark, haha

What are you obsessed with right now?
We love observing people, their cultures, sports, habits, emotions, and natural spontaneous moments in different environments.

What are your hopes for the future?
We would like to continue our professional career as illustrators. As the same time, we would like to produce more private illustration works and travel around the world.

What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?
You must believe in what you do.

Here at Neighbourhood, we believe an editorial platform should be a community, what does the word community mean to you?
For us, community is everything. We need to be connected with the world to keep growing. Strength comes in numbers.

See more by Estudio Santa Rita on their website and keep up to date with their work via Instagram