I was born in Bogotá, Colombia on a Sunday afternoon in 1987. Studied Visual Arts at the Javeriana University in the capital and then, I did a Master's Degree in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, in England. I’m author of the graphic novel Elephants in the Room, published by Cohete Comics and reviewed as one of the best books of the year 2016 of Arcadia magazine. I illustrated the books Chicas Asustosas y además hermosas of Editorial Siete Gatos (2019), and, Arrullos y Rimas para niños despiertos (2017) of Editorial Norma. The same year my work was selected and exhibited in the Salón Visual Bacánika, at the SimbraFest 2017 and I was invited to participate in Tajalápiz Vol. 2, a catalog of sketches of Colombian artists. I was selected in the catalog and exhibition A33 Ilustradores Javerianos 2017, I was part of the project of Trazos Viajeros  for the Hay Festival Cartagena 2017. I have published comic strips in the Entreviñetas section of the newspaper El Espectador and in the supplement '10' of the magazine Arcadia, illustrations in El Malpensante, El Tiempo and in the blog Historias de Mamás. I have also illustrated winning stories of  the contest Bogóta en 100 palabras (Bogotá in 100 words), versions 2017 and 2018. In 2018 I participated in the Exposition of Graduates of the Javeriana University and in the exhibition ENOUGH Project in which issues of violence against women are addressed, in Alberta, Canada. In 2019 I was selected to make the image of the third version of the Bogotá en 100 palabras contest. The same year, I published a comic strip for the 5th edition of Brígida Magazine, comic made by women, published in Santiago de Chile. I have been a judge of Cuentos Pintados contest in the municipality of Sopó, Cundinamarca (2018, 2019) and A33 ilustradores Javerianos, fourth edition (2019).

 

Currently I am part of the ACLIJ (Colombian Association of Children and Youth Literature) and I am a professor at the Javeriana University. I have also been invited to give talks and workshops in different events such as the International Book Fair of Panama (2017), Epic Festival of Barranquilla (2017), Book and Reading Fair of Neiva (2017), Festival Entreviñetas ( 2017, 2018), Tumaco Vive Cultural Fair (2018), Casa de la Lectura Foundation in Cali (2018), Workshop with Writer in Pelaya, Cesar (2018), International Book Fair for Children and Young People of Mexico (2018) and Feria del Libro Book of Providence (2019). With the Plan to promote Colombians abroad, I went to Santiago de Chile to do theoretical-practical workshops and, currently, I am developing "Un cómic por la paz" (A comic for peace): a cultural exchange project between Brussels and Bogotá, which seeks to generate social impact on vulnerable populations.

 

Over the years I have found the best way to share stories and adventures: making books. I am interested in the whole process of creating editorial projects and how an idea is transformed: Sometimes it goes forward and sometimes backwards. That process could be compared to cooking a new recipe; combine many ingredients, experiment again and again, remove, add, make new proposals and go testing until you get the desired "flavour". That's why my interests are focused on illustration, drawing, comics, reading promotion and the creation of spaces to develop projects that involve graphic languages ​​such as: fanzines, drawing labs, GIFS design, traditional animation or creation of comics. For that reason I have a portfolio of workshops where drawing and comics are essential tools for the development of activities with groups of children, youth and adults. One of my interests is to encourage people to draw and tell their stories, show them basic tools with which they can express themselves and perhaps communicate in ways they had not thought of before.

 

The projects that I am currently developing are: Elephants in room 2, a recipe book narrated in comics, books for children of fiction and non-fiction with educational content, such as Benny and His Jazz Orchestra. Some of the professors with whom I have trained are: Diana Castellanos, Ana Maria Lozano, Martin Salisbury, Pam Smy and Marta Altés.

Education:

 

2014 - 2016 - Master in Children's Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge, UK.

2007 - 2013 - Bachelor in Visual Arts, with major in Graphic Expression, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.

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