Manuel Marsol (Madrid, 1984) is an illustrator & writer mainly focused on the creation of picture books. In 2017 he received the International Illustration Prize of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, after four consecutive years selected for the Exhibition. The winning illustrations are part of the picture book Yōkai (Fulgencio Pimentel 2017), which co-writes with Carmen Chica. He has received the International Edelvives Illustrated Album Award for his first picture book Ahab and the White Whale (Edelvives 2014) and the Prize of the V Ibero-American Catalog of Illustration for O tempo do Gigante (Orfeu Negro 2015), where he also did tandem with Carmen Chica. In Portugal, the book was recognized with the National Amadora BD Award for best foreign album illustrator. His work has been published in countries such as France, Portugal, Italy, China, Japan or South Korea. He has created many picture books, as well as illustrated novels, and done covers for different publishing houses, and even animations. He has a degree in Advertising and Audiovisual Communication, was art director in advertising between 2009 and 2012, and attended the Postgraduate in Children's Illustration at the EINA School in Barcelona. He has conducted workshops and talks in places such as Bologna Book Fair, Taipei Book Fair, BD à Bastia (France), Les Estivales de L’illustration (Sarrant, France), CCEMx, FILIJ and CILELIJ (Mexico City), FIL (Guadalajara) or IAGO (Oaxaca), as well as the Duo Yun Xuan Museum (Shanghai), Billar de Letras (Madrid) or EASD Picasso (A Coruña). In 2017 he gave lessons on picture book at One Year IED (Madrid).
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