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photo by: Fifi Kuo

photo by: Fifi Kuo

(EN)

I am an Ecuadorian illustrator and artist based in the Andean city of Quito. I illustrate mostly for children and I am expanding my portfolio to other areas. For my paintings I use gouache and mix media with vibrant colors, patterns and quirky designs that are inspired by a combination of magic realism, folklore, nostalgia, travel, fashion and nature.

My work had been published in La Leche children’s magazine, selected at Iberoamérica Ilustra 2017 (part of the Guadalajara International Book Fair exhibition) and at Nami Concours 2019 in Seoul and preselected for the illustration biennale Ilustrarte 2018 in Portugal.

I graduated in 2017 of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, in 2014 I got a BA in Contemporary Arts of Universidad San Francisco de Quito and studied Fashion Design at Sungkyunkwan University.

Me and my travel companion Mario, a one blinded-eye panda bear of 26 years old. Sometimes I paint him in my stories.

(ES)

Soy una ilustradora y artista ecuatoriana establecida en los Andes, en la ciudad de Quito. Ilustro mayormente para niños y estoy expandiendo mi portafolio hacia otras áreas . En mis pinturas utilizo guache con técnicas mixtas con colores vibrantes, patrones y diseños peculiares inspirados en una combinación de realismo mágico , folklor, nostalgia, viajes, moda y naturaleza.

Mi trabajo ha sido publicado en la revista de niños La Leche, seleccionado en Iberoamérica Ilustra 2017 (parte de la exhibición de la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara) y en Nami Concours 2019 en Seúl y preseleccionado para la bienal de ilustración Ilustrarte 2018 en Portugal.

Me gradué en el 2017 de la maestría de Ilustración de Libros para Niños de Cambridge School of Art, en el 2014 de la licenciatura de Artes Contemporáneas de la Universidad San Francisco de Quito y estudié Diseño de Modas en Sungkyunkwan University.

Whenever I have the opportunity I love to do observational drawing.

Whenever I have the opportunity I love to do observational drawing.

CV

Recognition

2019

Shortlisted for Nami Concours (Korea)

2018

Pre-selected for Ilustrarte (Portugal)

2017

Selected for Iberoamérica Ilustra (Mexico)

I received my Iberoamerica Ilustra 8th catalogue at the Mexican stand in BCBF 2018

I received my Iberoamerica Ilustra 8th catalogue at the Mexican stand in BCBF 2018

Exhibitions

2019

Magical World of Contemporary Picture Book Illustrations, Nami Concours, Galleria Foret, April-July, Seoul (Korea)

2018

8vo Catálogo Iberoaméricano de Ilustración, Iberoamérica Ilustra, Museo Infantil de Oaxaca, October (Mexico)

8vo Catálogo Iberoaméricano de Ilustración, Iberoamérica Ilustra, Escuela de Diseño Altos de Chavón, September, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

8vo Catálogo Iberoaméricano de Ilustración, Iberoamérica Ilustra, PLOP Galería, July-August, Santiago de Chile (Chile)

2017

8vo Catálogo Iberoaméricano de Ilustración, Iberoamérica Ilustra, Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, November-December (Mexico)

MA Children’s Book Illustration Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, 2017 Graduation Show, Ruskin Gallery, March, Cambridge (UK)

MA Children’s Book Illustration Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, 2017 Graduation Show, Candid Art Trust, January, London (UK)

2015

El Baúl de los Recuerdos (Installations and Book Art), Casa de las Artes La Ronda, January, Quito (Ecuador)

2014

Quisiera Ser Grande… (book art), Arte Actual FLACSO, May, Quito (Ecuador)

MA Graduation Show Exhibition prep.

MA Graduation Show Exhibition prep.

Education

2015-2017

MA Children’s Book Illustration, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

2008-2014

BA Contemporary Arts, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Cumbayá, Ecuador

2011-2012

Exchange Year studying Fashion Design at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea

Me, my classmates and our professor Martin Salisbury at BCBF 2016

Me, my classmates and our professor Martin Salisbury at BCBF 2016

Work Experience & Volunteering

2018-2017

Art Teacher of Elementary School at Liceo Campoverde, Nayón, Ecuador

2016

Volunteering at St Bedes School as part of the Big Draw project, Cambridge, UK

2013-2014

Volunteering as an Art Assistant at Arteducarte organization, Quito, Ecuador

2013

Art Mediator at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito, Ecuador

The Big Draw at St Bedes School, Cambridge 2016.

The Big Draw at St Bedes School, Cambridge 2016.