Today we’d like to introduce you to Jano Viñuela.
Jano, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in A Coruña (Spain) in 1979. I started to draw out of boredom, as a child I did not like football and if I had bought all the toys I wanted, I do not know what I would be doing today. Visits to the public library also marked me, it was wonderful to have access to all those classic comics and discover the story of enlightened narration. I graduated in Fine Arts and joined a scholarship Erasmus in Bergen (Norway), also studied Illustration in Barcelona, at Massana School.
I work as a graphic designer, cartoonist and illustrator in different companies and fields. Lately I have focused on drawing comics and editorial illustration. I´m also an active teacher at graphic narrative worshops, focused on children. I won some awards like Injuve (2002), the Certame Ourense (2003) and the Golden Globes (2011). Last year, I was one of the fortunate guests at Viñetas desde o Atlántico comic festival celebrated in A Coruna.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’ve been working more than 15 years as an illustrator and cartoonist. My job is to create images that tell stories. Sometimes they are based on texts from others, but I also do my own projects. The supports and formats for which I work are varied: magazines, books, posters, textil, disco, muralism… Each commission requires different media and gives me the chance to learn new ones.
An illustration has to be a reflection of the time that we are living. Professionals must be witnesses of the events that happened around us, and be able to represent the historical moment, looking for the observer´s excitement.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Do not stop doing what you like and satisfy, be persistent and build an artistic career over the years has its reward.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a personal web page, it´s like a dossier on line that serves to show the kind of things I do and I try to have it as up-to-date as possible. In the short run I want to start an online store where sell my prints and original art.
People can support my work buying my books, also I’m available for new commissions and licensing existing images.
- Website: www.janoilustra.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/janoilustra/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janoilustra/
1-Poster´s illustration and design to announce a concert with three bands (Oneida, People of the North and Farniente) in Fundación Sgae, Santiago de Compostela (Spain).
Work on Sunday 2015.
2-Risograph. 3 silk-screens. Limited edition 30 copies.
Printed at Do The Print (Barcelona).
3-Illustration for portuguesse magazine MAPA about gentrification process in Vigo (Spain). Jornal MAPA 2015.
4-illustration for a poetry compilation of galician writer Manuel María.
A Mesa 2016.
5-The Refugees. Icon for the exhibition “As pegadas da emigración”. Organized by the city council of Vimianzo (Galicia, Spain) about the influence of migratory movements.
6-Cartoon for Revista Mongolia. 2017
7-Illustration for Revista Mongolia. 2018