A combination of illustration and serious art is the art by Ana Juan. I stumbled upon her works some 20 years ago when within the same series as
Joost Swarte’s Articulado was published, a beautiful book by Ana Juan was published.
The book also with a thin wood cover impressed me so much that from that date on i followed her progression in art.
A second copy of the book is now available at www.ftn-books.com and you can see for yourself why i was so impressed , because the internet site at :
is well worth visiting. Here is the information Wikipedia has on her
After graduating in fine arts from Universidad Politécnica in Valencia (1982), she moved to Madrid at the height of the movida madrileña and in the early 1980s she collaborated with magazines such as La Luna and Madriz (where “for the first seven months of the magazine’s life, [she] was the only regular female artist” and for which “she authored seventeen comic book works” and illustrated many scripts for other artists).
In 1991 she temporarily moved to Paris and exhibited in Geneva and New York; in 1994 she received a fellowship by the Japanese publishing house Kodansha and lived in Japan for three months.
Back in Madrid, in 1995 she started contributing to The New Yorker, for which she has designed more than 20 covers over the years, among which “Solidarité”, after the Charlie Hébdo shooting in Paris.
In 1998 and 1999 she was awarded the Gold Medal (category: Illustration) by the Society of Newspaper Design and on September 24, 2010 she was awarded the “Premio Nacional de Ilustración” by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
She currently creates her own books (texts and illustrations), exhibits her work all over the world (Spain, Mexico, Japan, Italy…) and contributes to many Spanish and international magazines. She has also illustrated many Isabel Allende’s book covers for Plaza e Janés (Penguin Random House), among which Retrato en Sepia, Eva Luna, El cuaderno de Maya, Of Love and Shadows, and is one of the very few artists who was allowed by the author himself to illustrate a book by Stephen King, namely The Man in the Black Suit (El hombre del traje negro, Nórdica Libros, 2017).