About Me


I am an illustrator and visual artist, currently living in Berlin. I have lived, studied and worked in Madrid, Barcelona and Berlin.

Since 2008 I have been combining my artistic work with commercial illustration. And whenever I get the chance, I like to collaborate with other artists, curators and writers.

Recently, I have also picked up on teaching workshops for children. It never ceases to amaze me what incredible things they come up with. If you are interested in knowing more about my teaching, you can check out this section on my website.

I am in love with maps, diagrams and florilegia.

                                                      
                      


Selected Clients

My list of clients includes publishing houses (Grup62, Editorial Teide, Cornelsen, Libros del KO), advertising agencies (HC Barcelona, Ketchum), magazines (Yorokobu, Ling, PrincipiaLa marea, Harpers Bazaar, Quimera, El País Semanal, Eldiario.es, El Salto, Pikara Magazine, M21), record labels (Jabalina) and cultural collectives and institutions (Zemos98, Pandora Mirabilia, Medialab-Prado).

Exhibitions

I have taken part in a few exhibitions in galleries (Cámara Oscura, Parrotta Contemporary Art) cultural centers and institutions (Injuve, Centro Cultural Bastero, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft) and independent art spaces (Halfhouse, Otro Espacio, RMS) mostly in the cities where I have lived and worked: Madrid, Berlin and Barcelona.

Grants and Awards

2011 | Junceda Awards 2011 (Catalonia's Association of Professional Illustrators). Category: Best Edition. Barcelona
2010 | XI Edition ABC Art Awards. Second Prize. Madrid
2009 | Artist in Residence. Madrid Procesos 09, AVAM. Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Berlin
2007-2008 | Artistic Creation Grant MUSAC (Museum of Contemporary Art Castilla y León)

Education

2008-2009 | Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration. EINA, University School of Design and Art of Barcelona
2004-2007 | Art History. Humboldt University of Berlin
2001-2002 | Erasmus Programme. Berlin University of the Arts. Berlin
1997-2002 | Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Complutense University of Madrid

Bibliography

2019 | Queens of Spanish Illustration in the XXI Century. Norma Editorial, Barcelona
2013 | Spanish Illustrators. Lunwerg Publishing, Spain
2013 | Do The Everyday. Exhibition’s Catalogue, Madrid
2007 | Into the woods tonight. Exhibition’s Catalogue, Berlin/Stuttgart

Contact

maria@castellosolbes.com
+49 17634681084

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