Spoonful of Rita is an illustrator momentarily trapped in a transitional performance as a server in a popular Indian restaurant in Central London. Between scrapping plates and parroting steps of service she became a refined voyeur of social behaviour and a grumpy critic of table manners. Spoonful of Rita invites you to take a little peek behind the curtains of hospitality through her series of screen printed illustrations inspired by the silliness and grotesqueness of serving others.

Rita Penêda, better known as Spoonful of Rita, graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon in 2010 and she chose Florence as the ideal spot for an Erasmus year. After graduation Rita didn’t know what to do: make enough money to be independent or pursue a “starving artist dream”?

She worked as a Production Artworker at Edicais, Outdoor Advertising Ltd. until mid 2012. After that she thought that graphic design could be useful in pursuing a more serious career so she completed a Graphic Design & New Media Diploma at Restart, Institute of Creativity, Arts & New Technology (Lisbon, 2013). Meanwhile she did an internship as a graphic designer at the Cascais Town Hall Brand & Communication Division.

Tired of minimum wages she fled to London to start from scratch. 

In january 2014 Rita became a deli assistant in an italian delicatessen in South Kensington and until today she has been working as a waitress in various other restaurants in London. She is also a member at the Sonsoles Print Studio in Peckham where she produces her screen printing. One day, with your support, Spoonful of Rita will only serve others with her art.


December 2019

Sonsoles Print Studio Christmas Market, Peckham (London, U.K.)

October 2019

1 Month Screen Printing Residency @ Kypseli Print Studio, (Athens, Greece)


01/07/19 . 31/08/19

Collective Show @ The Paxton Centre, Crystal Palace (London, U.K.)

April 2019

Brick Brewery Print Fair, Peckham (London, U.K.)

December 2018

Sonsoles Print Studio Christmas Market, Peckham (London, U.K.)

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