Duration: One year.
Education: BFA in fine arts from the University of Seville in Seville, Spain.
Location: Seville, Spain.
Career path: I’ve always wanted to make a living through drawing. As a child, thinking about all the things I could create with the aid of a pencil gave me chills. I started taking comics and concept art development courses at the age of eleven, and I kept studying by taking more lessons related to art and graphics. Today, I create most of my work for the music industry. I also make things for children: I’m currently working on a children’s comic book that will be published next year—my first solo work in the publishing industry!
Artistic influences: The surreal nature of my work stems from how I base my work process on intuitive methods. I feel comfortable working in an oneiric envrionment. I strongly admire the work and artistic thinking of anime and manga artists like Shigeru Mizuki and Hayao Miyazaki. People have found references to Miyazaki, the French cartoonist Moebius, Max Ernst, Marcel Dzama and religious symbolism in my work. These add richness. Other elements like minimalism, the lowbrow movement and Hopi tribal imagery have influenced my work.
Work environment: I usually work at home. I live near the countryside, and while I feel a bit isolated from the cultural activity of the city, it’s nice to see flocks of sheep through my window!
Aspirations: I don’t like to think too far ahead in case my interests change or expectations break, but I would like to create more things for small children. Also, it would be an honor and a rewarding experience to get published by British publishing company Nobrow Press someday. I’d also like to work within other analog methods, like etching and painting, and translate my graphic language into ceramics.
Philosophy: Be honest with yourself. Try to do the thing that makes you happy—but don’t forget to take it seriously!