IDANA RODRÍGUEZ

Born in Caracas, Idana is among the most renowned illustrators and designers in the country. She is a graduate of the prestigious Neumann Design Institute and of Cristóbal Rojas Academy of Fine Arts; in addition, she holds a M.A in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts, California, USA. Idana has worked with major publishers of children’s books such as Playco Editores, Editorial Arte, Monte Ávila Editores Latinoamericana and Editorial El Nacional. Her work has appeared in many published titles, including: Gato embotado y enamorado (1994), Cuentos para leer a escondidas (1998), La capa del morrocoy (2002); Cosas rojas (2002), Cosas azules (2002), Cosas verdes (2002), Cosas amarillas (2002); Un gato en una esquina (2002); El baile de los elefantes (2004); Simón coleccionaba tortugas (2005); El zamuro barbero (2005) and Caracol (2005). Besides her work as an illustrator, she teaches experimental animation at the Pro Diseño Institute in Caracas.

MIGUEL MANSILLA

Born in Caracas, Mansilla is a graduate of Caracas Institute of Design with photography studies in England. He now works as illustrator for advertising firms as well as children’s and youth’s books.

OSWALDO DUMONT

A native of Caracas, Dumont graduated from the Centre of Integral Design Studies in Caracas. He has served as illustrator for Comunicaciones Corporativas magazine, Economía Hoy and El Impulso newspapers as well as BBC’s Web page in Spanish. Presently, he is the senior illustrator for El Universal newspaper at the same time as he contributes in a number of local magazines, including Debates, Inversiones Venezuela, Fundación Cinemateca Nacional and Juguete Mágico. Among his children’s books are Recetas para compartir. Tortas y Meriendas (Editorial Playco, Caracas) and La abuela de las garzas (Monte Ávila Editores, Caracas, 2005).

ADRIANA GENEL

Mexico DF 1971. Venezuelan artist, lives and works in Brussels. She studied at the Design Institute of Caracas and worked as a teacher Instituto Pro Diseño de Caracas. Master of Art in Public Space, Académie Royale des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, Belgium, 2011 Picture books: Loose and secret things between Adriana and Adriano, Adriano González León. The adventure of languages, by Carlos Pacheco and Luz Marina Rivas. Bells are ringing for Fanuel Hanan.

MARÍA ISABEL MAS BENEDITO

Currently domiciled in Barcelona, Spain, María Isabel is an outstanding Venezuelan illustrator. After completing a certificate program in Graphic Design and Illustration at Caracas Institute of Design in 1988, she attended a number of workshops on engraving, drawing, wheel, lithography and serigraphy in various international institutes such as the Barcelona Academy of Arts and Trades, the Caracas Fine Arts Museum and the Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute in Florence, Italy. Mas Benedito has contributed in renowned publications such as El Nacional’s Todo en Domingo magazine, Grupo Océano, Ediciones RBA and Grupo Zeta (CNR magazine). She has participated in worth-noting exhibitions, namely: Utopia Exposition, a Latin American illustrators contest organized by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) in Cartagena, Colombia (2000); Inshu Paper collective display, Aoya Museum, Tottori Japan (2002); a lithography exhibit in the Conservatori de Les Arts del Libre, Barcelona; Colectiva 7 de Llotja at Quiosk Gallery, Tremp (2003); Mac Oposats collective exhibit at the Centro Cívico Barcelonesa (2003); Graphic Work on Inshu Paper group display at the Museu Moli Paperer in Capellades (2003). She has published several children’s books, including El auto del Sr. Pulga (Ediciones Ekaré, 2003); Aceite de piedra (Oil Education Project by PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-run oil company, 2000); El guardián del dinero (Educative Series sponsored by the Central Bank of Venezuela, 1999). María Isabel has received significant distinctions such as the Latin American Confederation of the Graphic Industry Prize for her stamps series in commemoration of the XIX Pan-American Railroad Congress (1994) and the First Prize of Lithography on Inshu Paper awarded by the Aoya Museum of Japan (2004).

CORINA HELENA MICHELENA POGGIOLI

Born in Caracas, Corina holds a B.A degree in Literature from the Central University of Venezuela. As a visual artistshe has participated in several collective exhibits in Caracas. She is the author of poems and children’s stories illustrated by her, earning the following distinctions: Eladio Alemán Sucre Poetry Award for her collection of poems titled Honra de sierva (2000); Raimundo Susaeta International Children’s Story Award for her short story De cómo por un pelo Tafetania pisa suelo. She is currently studying in Moscow’s Pushin Institute.

GERALD ESPINOZA

Espinoza was born in Caracas. He studied Visual Arts (Painting and Drawing) at Cristóbal Rojas Academy of Visual Arts, where he received a degree in Visual Arts; he also completed a specialization program in Painting at the Armando Reverón University Institute. He has attended several workshops in Caracas, namely: artistic expression and visual arts regarding object-book at the Fundación Corp Banca; comics and poster design at Carlos Cruz-Diez Imprint and Design Museum; and illustrating children’s books at the Fundación José Ángel Lamas. In his capacity as free-lance illustrator, he has being engaged in creating album-books, designing board games and book covers, as well as illustrating magazines. He has taught Color and Illustration VI (comics) in the Caracas Institute of Design. His illustration work has appeared in many publications, among others: Japi berdei tu yu, a book for youngsters published by Playco Editores; De Kampala a Zanzíbar, a news article appeared in the Nº 27 issue of Complot magazine; Perro picado, published by Ediciones Camelia, and Fiesta de San Cono el Bueno San Lucas el Malo, published by Editorial La Industria. As well, Espinoza sits on the Banco del Libro’s Evaluation Committee. He has received the following distinctions: Honour and Publication mentions to his Senior Thesis: Homage to AnselmHolmes (1999); Perro picado, selected among “The Best Children’s Stories”, Banco del Libro (2002); invited by Tierranuestra to participate in the Venezuelan Illustrators itinerant exhibit held in Milan, Italy (2002).

MARIVÍ FRÍAS

Frías was born in Venezuela. She completed studies in Drawing, Illustration and Graphic Design at the Neumann Institute of Design in Caracas. She has designed and illustrated many Children’s and Youth Literature books as well as ecological and educational books, such as: Venezuela Indígena; En el mundo de los Animales Vertebrados; Un Pingüino en Maracaibo (Best Book of the Year, Centro Nacional del Libro,1998); Kari’ña (Special Mention in the “Editorial Excellence” category, Centro Nacional del Libro, 2002); ¿Sabes Quién? and the Elementary Encyclopedia (Dominican Republic and Panama) produced by Editorial Océano, Spain; Me llamo Caroní y traigo un secreto, Diversidad Biológica en Venezuela.

IVÁN ESTRADA

A native of the city of Valencia, Venezuela, Estrada holds a degree in Artistic Lithography from the Centre of Graphic Education (Cegra), run by the National Culture Council (Conac) in 1979. Various publications refer to his work, such as: New drawing in Venezuela by Juan Calzadilla and Graphic Design in Venezuela by Alfredo Armas Alfonso, both published by Maravén, Caracas; Dictionary of Visual Arts in Venezuela, edited by the National Art Gallery and Monte Ávila editores. Estrada has taken part in several recent displays, specifically: Aragua Hall, Mario Abreu Contemporary Art Museum in Maracay (2002); Street Graphics, a collective theme exhibit at the Fine Arts Museum in Caracas (2002-2003); Exxonmobil Hall, National Art Gallery, Caracas (2003). He has served as graphic illustrator for El Nacional’s Literary Paper since 1979; presently, he works as visual and graphic artist and teaches Digital Graphic in the Armando Reverón University Institute as well. He is a recipient of the Graphic Design Award granted by the Centro Nacional del Libro for the editorial design of Fundarte’s collections.

GORKA ECHEVARRIETA MAÑARICÚA

Born in Caracas, Echevarrieta is a Graphic Designer graduated from the Cristobal Rojas Academy of Visual Arts in 1988. He has worked as creative designer for several advertising agencies, and currently serves as creative director. In addition, he illustrates “Letter G”, which runs as an insert in El Globo newspaper; books for Santillana Editores, and Merengue y chocolate, a children’s story published by Brujas Editores.