Hello!

My name is Marta and I’m an illustrator and scenographer born and based in Madrid. I spent a year living in Finland thanks to an Erasmus grant and I miss it a lot. I create illustrations for clients such as Principia Magazine, Mil Coeditores or Eater.com among others. I also work at a small bookstore and teach collage workshops.

One of my early approaches to creativity was at preschool when I decided to change the ink pads from the marker pens so every pen had a different color inside, that was fun! I wanted to be a painter, I was told that it was better to build houses than to draw them so I went to Architecture School until I realised that I preferred to imagine other kinds of spaces. I worked as an interior designer and scenographer for some years.

It wasn’t until I attended a graphic design course to improve my skills that I discovered my taste for collage and realised that illustration was what I was looking for. I spent all my childhood surrounded by beautifully illustrated books but never occurred to me that this was a real job.

I like to experiment with different techniques such as collage, watercolor, colored pencils and mixing analog and digital mediums. I love handmade textures and the warmth they give to digital work. 

When I’m not working, I enjoy reading fantasy novels, classics, comics, essays about nutrition or creativity, watching classic movies and netflix, knitting or crocheting. Visiting flea markets looking for old books and magazines for my collages. I don’t like hot weather or loud and crowded places. I’d rather be in the countryside than in a big city, so I get out of Madrid everytime I can. I like autumn and its colours, white winters and a nice warm fireplace. I would have a hard time without chocolate or cheese and I love to pet my dog Ringo.

Studies:

Illustration, Artediez, Madrid, Spain. 2017-19.

Graphic design, Mr. Marcel School, Madrid, Spain. 2015.

Costume design, Erasmus, MAMK, Savonlinna, Finland. 2010-11.

Stage design, RESAD, Madrid, Spain. 2008-12.

Interior design, IED, Madrid, Spain. 2005-07.

Architecture, ETSAM, Madrid, Spain. 2001-04.

Exhibitions:

Madrid, Hybrid Festival, Siroco Fast Expos, Madrid. Spain. 13 September 2019.

Juntas podemos cambiar el mundo, La Recova Midcentury, Madrid, Spain. March 2019.

egagrópila, Tipos Infames, Madrid, Spain. July-August 2018.

Miradas en femenino, Mulafest, Madrid, Spain. June 2018.

Art Skills, Madrid, Spain. May 2018.

Grupo h, Europa 20, Madrid, Spain. May 2017.

Postales desde el limbo, Zaragoza, Spain. November 2016.

Los artistas del barrio, La Nada, Madrid, Spain. April 2016.

Features and publications:

Luces de Bohemia. Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, 2018.

Romancero gitano, Federico García Lorca. Mil Coeditores, 2017.

egagrópila. Angie Martín y Marta Quijano, 2016.

Annual 2016, Collage Collective Co.

Mujeres que cortan y pegan. Godartlab.com