Miguel Paiva was born in Rio de Janeiro, on January 19th, 1950. He began writing at age sixteen, for the Jornal dos Sports newspaper. He worked on Rio de Janeiro’s historic humor newspaper O Pasquim. He wrote musicals in partnership with Zé Rodrix and created several sets and costumes for the theater.

He lived in Italy from 1974 to 1980, creating and publishing his characters. Back in Brazil, he lived in São Paulo for nine years. In 1992 he went back to Rio, where he lives to this day.

He created and directed the program Comentário Geral, on the TVE channel (Pubic TV) in Rio de Janeiro, for three years.

Miguel Paiva is a writer who deals essentially with behavior, relationships and social trends, always in a humorous way. His comments, whether in the press, with his comic strips, or on television, with his appearances, are always about themes linked to the relationship between men and women.
His most successful character, Radical Chic, was created in 1982 and published on the last page of the Jornal do Brasil newspaper’s magazine, Domingo. She already had short red hair and a slender, sexy body. After two years, she disappeared, making a return in 1987, on the same Domingo page, and staying until November 1996. She then began to frequent, with the same self-assuredness, the pages of Ela magazine and then Rio Show, both from O Globo newspaper. On television, she was played by actress Andréa Beltrão in a series aired by the Rede Globo channel. And, inevitably, she was the first cartoon character to pose for Playboy magazine. She is a women’s icon and for that reason she is often used in health, citizenship and similar campaigns. She is the main character on the Health Ministry’s Aids prevention primer, which has had 600 copies published and distributed.

Miguel was responsible for the electronic “Plim Plim” vignettes for Globo TV, which instituted cartoons as a language. He directed more than 140 vignettes. He was an author and scriptwriter at Globo TV for 10 years and wrote the game show Radical Chic, with Andréa Beltrão and Maria Paula, in 1993.

The character Gatão de Meia Idade began to appear in 1994 in a daily comic strip in Jornal do Brasil, until he moved on to the pages of O Globo, with Radical Chic.

The Gatão de Meia Idade (Middle-aged Hottie) deals with relationship troubles as seen through the eyes of a divorced forty-something, looking at his relationship with his daughter and his many love conquests and mishaps. The Hottie was also used in Aids awareness-raising campaigns.

In 2008, Miguel Paiva released, with publisher Editora Nacional, the first half of the 12-book collection of Radical Chic and Gatão de Meia Idade. In 2010, he is set to release the other half.

Miguel Paiva has published five books, in partnership with Luís Fernando Veríssimo, about the adventures of detective Ed Mort. He has also written about more serious matters in the book Sentimento Masculino. He is also the creator of the characters Chiquinha, published in O Globo, and Bebel, the Top Top Model.

In 2003, his play A Presença de Guedes, with Ângela Vieira and Flávia Monteiro, among others, was staged. In 2006 the play Lavanderia Brasil, written in partnership with Zé Rodrix, opened. His play O nosso amor a gente inventa, directed by Cininha de Paula, showed in 2008.

In 2006, the feature-length film Gatão de meia idade was released, with a script based on his comic strips, directed by Antonio Carlos da Fontoura and starring Alexandre Borges.

As well as writing for theater and TV, Miguel, who is married to actress Ângela Vieira, is still working as an illustrator and graphic artist.