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Javier Zabala 

Was born in León, Spain in 1962. He studied Illustration and Graphic Design at Oviedo School of Arts and School of Arts of Madrid, where he moved in 1984. He started to work as an illustrator in various fields: magazines, advertising, cartoons… Since then, he works for the most important Spanish publishers and some of the most prestigious in Europe, Latin America and Asia. He has illustrated more than 70 books of poetry and fiction for children. Some of them written by himself. His books have been translated into 15 languages. He has illustrated texts by Cervantes, Shakespeare, García Lorca, Rodari, Melville, Chejov…   

An important part of his current professional activities is his work as a teacher in illustration courses and lectures in Universities, Libraries and Schools of Arts in Spain and countries around the world such as Italy, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Iran, and Cuba…  

Anne Herbauts

Was born somewhere in Brussels around 1975.Studied at the Brussels Royal Academy of Fine Arts (ARBA) in Illustration (1994-1997).Anne Herbauts had taught in this same section (illustration) as assistant and as teacher.She animates from time to time workshops and conferences related to her work in Illustration.The work of Anne Herbauts is between Image and Text. She works in both and together. This interspaced is her « studio ». Book and Time are her raw material. Her work is a continuous search of various forms of writings : books, narratives volumes and forms, shorts films,…Her work had received several international Mentions and Prizes.She had published around thirty books, which we can list the main following ones:L’Heure Vide, Casterman, october 2000, text and illustrations.Lundi, Casterman, october 2004, text and illustrations.Petites météorologies, Casterman, november 2006, text and illustrations.Vague, Grandir, june 1999, text and illustrations.L’Idiot, (comics-Video support (DVD) with experimental short film) Editions de l’An 2, Actes Sud, 2005.De temps en temps, Editions Esperluète, september 2006, text and illustrations.Les moindres petites choses, Casterman, october 2008, text and illustrations.Sans début ni fin, petite parabole, Editions Esperluète, november 2008, text and illustrations.De quelle couleur est le vent ?, Casterman, february 2010, text and illustrations.Theferless, Casterman, february 2012, text and illustrations.Also, several of her books are translated and published in Japan, Belgium, Korea, Italy, USA, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Greece, China, Mexico, UK, Taiwan, Hong Kong,….

Isidro Ferrer 

Was born in Madrid in 1963. He studied dramatic arts and graduated from the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theater in Paris. Nevertheless, his acting career came across many obstacles and he finally moved to Barcelona where he developed his skills at the studios of designer Peret. After designing in Barcelona, he moved to Zaragoza and later the small city of Huesca, where he now resides. Isidro Ferrer’s work has been shown in individual expositions in Madrid, Gijón, Barcelona, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Toulouse, Lisboa, Rouen, Rijeka, Bogota, Quito, Turin, Paris, Mexico, Santiago de Chile, Tegucigalpa, El Salvador, Marseille and Lima. He received various awards like the National Prize for Design (2002) and National Prize for Illustration (2006), both Spanish. Presently, he is a member of the International Graphic Alliance (AGI). Isidro has more than 35 published books.


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