Ana Galvañ (Murcia, Spain). Comic author and illustrator. She also works in the advertising field. After graduating at Fine Arts University of Valencia, she did a specialization degree in creativity and art direction. Later she gave up advertising in order to concentrate on comic and illustration. She currently lives in Murcia.
Her work has been recognized in several competitions, she has received the Special Jury Prize at the III Creacomic Contest (2010); the Gráffica Prize (2016) and she was nominated for the Best work by a Spanish author published in Spain in 2018 at the Barcelona Comic Fair.
Cristina Sitja Rubio
Cristina Sitja Rubio (Caracas1972). Grew up amidst the tropical green of Caracas, Venezuela. Studied Fine Arts (BFA) in Montreal, Canada. Completed her Masters degree (MFA) at the San Francisco Art Institute, concentrating in photography and bookbinding. Lives in Berlin and Barcelona, where she dedicates her time in various illustration projects as well as ceramics and printmaking.
Cristina has published more than a dozen picture books around the world. Her illustrations have been selected twice at the Bologna Children´s Bookfair. In 2011 and 2012.
Selected twice as well for the Illustration Bienale in Portugal…
Javier Sáez Castán
Sáez Castán (Huesca, 1964). Studied Fine Arts specialising in Drawing at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He set up in Alicante where he started to work as an illustrator.
In 2000, he wrote and illustrated his first album, Picopelosplumas y el hombre pájaro (Ediciones SM). This marked a before and after in the professional life of Castán who decided to focus on the creation of illustrated albums. He followed Picopelosplumas with Los tres erizos (Ekaré, 2003); Animalario Universal del Profesor Revillod (Economic Culture Fund, 2004); La merienda del Señor Verde (Ekaré, 2007); Soñario o diccionario de sueños del Dr. Maravillas (Océano 2008); El pequeño Rey (Ekaré 2009); El armario chino (Ekaré, 2016)…
Johanna Benz (Wismar, 1986) In 2005 she started studying book-art and illustration at theAcademy of Visual Arts in Leipzig (Germany). Since 2013 she is working as a freelancer for several magazines and publishers. Johanna Benz is committed to do live drawings and performances and is collaborating to big events, conferences and festivals as a graphic recording artist. Her picture-book Pacho Rada, la lègende!, realized at the Institut fur Buchkunst Leipzig, won several national and international prices. It was published in March 2015 by Editions Magnani in Paris.
Manuel Marsol (Madrid, 1984) illustrator specialized in creating books and picture books.
In 2017 he received the International Illustration Award at the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna – SM Foundation, after four years in a row being selected for La Mostra. The awarded illustrations are now part of the picture book Yokai (Fulgencio Pimentel 2017, edited under the name of la Montagne in France by Les Fourmis Rouges) which is written together with Carmen Chica. Marsol received the Edelvives International Picture Book Award for Ahab y la Ballena Blanca (Edelvives, 2014) and won the Award from the V Catálogo Iberoamericano de Ilustración for El Tiempo del Gigante (Orfeu Negro 2015, Fulgencio Pimentel 2016), where he wrote together…
Nicolai Troshinsky (Moscow 1985). Studied illustration in Madrid and later attended intensive courses with Józef Wilkon and Linda Wolfsgruber in Italy.
In 2009 he graduated in the French animation filmmaking school “La Poudrière”. Since 2006 he has been working as a freelance illustrator for publishers such as Kókinos, A buen Paso, Kalandraka, Nórdica o Anaya.
In 2010 he begins developing experimental videogames. His game “Loop Raccord” was selected in numerous festivals and international exhibitions and later he works in the visual development and design of the video game “Forest of Sleep”.
Pablo Auladell (Alicante, España, 1972) Got the Second Best Illustrated Book for Children Award in 2005 (Spanish Ministry of Culture) and the Best New Talented Author Award in the Saló del Cómic de Barcelona 2006 for the graphic novel La Tour Blanche (published in France by Actes Sud L’An2).
He has just been honoured with the 2016 National Comic Award for “Paradise Lost” (published in England by Random House).
Valerio Vidali (Italia, 1983), graduated in Illustration and visual communication at IED (Milan, 2004). Is an Italian Illustrator for magazines and Picturebooks.
His client list includes the New York Times, The Boston Globes, Il Sole 24 ore, Marie Claire, Enchanted Lion, Topipittori, Planeta Tangerina, Templar, Random House and Candlewick press among others.
His work has received numerous recognitions in international festivals and Biennale, as The Bologna Children’s Book Fair exhibition (4 times selected, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011), The Grand Prix of ILUSTRARTE (Portugal) in 2012, the CJ Picture Book Award…
Violeta Lópiz (Ibiza, 1980). She is mainly a picture book illustrator. She has published with Kalandraka, Anaya, Edelvives, Siruela, Oxford University Press, Enchanted Lyon, Bruaá Edição, Editions du Rouerge, Editions Didier, Hélium, Cambourakis, Topipittori and Planta Editora. Her illustrations have been awarded in the biennial ILUSTRARTE 2016 GRAN PRIX and in the Korea CJ Awards 2011. Also they have been selected for the “Salon du livre in Montreul” and 5 times in the “Bologna Children Book Fair exhibition”. She has participated in several exhibitions in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Israel, Turkey, USA, Japan, Korea…
Ximo Abadía (Alicante 1983), studied Comic and Illustration in Madrid. Currently he lives in Benidorm, where he works as an illustrator. He has published more than 15 picture books in different countries.
In 2011 he was selected for the breakout author prize at the Salon del Comic at Barcelona.
In 2012, he was shortlisted for the International FNAC-Sin Sentido award wit La Puerta Amarilla (The Yellow Door) and also at INJUVE in the graphic novel category.