I was born in Bogotá, Colombia on a Sunday afternoon in 1987. Studied Visual Arts at the Javeriana University in Bogotá and did a Masters in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in England. I am the author of the graphic novel ‘Elefantes en el cuarto (2016), published by Cohete Cómics, and illustrator of the books: 'Seisdedos' (2020), 'Rimas para niños despiertos (2017), both from Editorial Norma, and 'Chicas asustosas y además hermosas’ from Editorial Siete Gatos (2019).

 

My illustrations and comic strips have been published in different Colombian media such as Entreviñetas section of the El Espectador newspaper, the ‘10’ supplement of Arcadia magazine, El Malpensante magazine, El Tiempo newspaper and the blog Historias de Mamás. Also in the Brígida Magazine, from Chile.

 

In 2019 I was selected to create the image of the third version of the contest ‘Bogotá en 100 palabras’ and I have illustrated the winning stories of its 2017 and 2018 versions. I work with organizations such as Sentiido, Dejusticia and Colombia Diversa in the production of images for campaigns in favor of human rights and gender and social equality. Currently I am part of the ACLIJ (Colombian Association of Children and Youth Literature) and I am a professor at the Javeriana University.

 

My works have been selected and exhibited by ImagenPalabra7 (2016), Salón Visual Bacánika (2017), SimbraFest (2017), Exhibition of Graduates of the Universidad Javeriana (2017) and Iluminaciones Mirabilia (2019). Also by ENOUGH Project, in Alberta, Canada (2018). I have been a jury of the Cuentos Pintados contest of the municipality of Sopó, Cundinamarca, (2018, 2019) and of the fourth edition of the A33 catalog of Xaverian illustrators (2019), of which I was part in 2017. That same year, I participated in the trazos Viajeros project of the Hay Festival Cartagena and in Tajalápiz Vol. 2, a sketches catalog of Colombian artists.

 

I have offered talks and workshops in different fairs such as the Panama International Book Fair (2017), the Festival Epico of Barranquilla (2017), the Neiva Book and Reading Fair (2017), the Entreviñetas Festival (2017, 2018), the Tumaco Vive Cultural Fair (2018), the Casa de la Lectura Foundation in Cali (2018, 2019), the Workshop with Writer in Pelaya, Cesar (2018), the International Children's and Youth Book Fair of Mexico (2018 ) and the Providence Book Fair (2019). With the Plan for the Promotion of Colombians Abroad, I have travelled to Norway and Chile to carry out theoretical-practical workshops. During the years 2018 and 2019 I was part of a cultural exchange between Brussels and Bogotá that sought to generate social impact on vulnerable populations and which resulted in the development of ‘A comic for peace’.

 

Over time I have discovered that making books is the best way to share stories, tales and adventures. I'm interested in creating editorial projects and the non-linear way in which graphic ideas evolve. A process that could be compared with the preparation of a new recipe: combining many ingredients, experimenting again and again, removing, adding, proposing and testing until you get the desired flavour. That is why I use illustration, drawing, comics, promoting reading and creating spaces to develop projects that involve visual languages: fanzines, drawing laboratories, GIFS design, traditional animation and comic creation. Then, my portfolio includes workshops where drawing and comics are essential tools for the development of activities with children's, youth and adult groups. One of my purposes is to encourage people to draw and tell their own stories, providing them with basic tools to express themselves and, perhaps, communicate in ways that they did not do before.

 

Currently, I work on the following projects: a second graphic novel, a cookbook narrated in comics and several fiction and non-fiction children's books with educational content, such as Benny and his Jazz Orchestra. Some of the teachers I have studied with are: Diana Castellanos, Ana María 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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