As a child, I was socially awkward and struggled to make friends. So from a very early age, my friends were fictitious comic book characters. I found solace through their stories and I was inspired, excited and captivated by them. For as long as I can remember, I was fascinated by the hero’s stories and emotions that were brilliantly brought to life by the strokes and colors of the fantastic artists tasked with this incredible job.
I spent entire days drawing and found myself drawing through many nights as well. When I was eight years old, I was also inspired by and obsessed with Greek mythology and medieval warfare books and remember redrawing the characters and putting them into my own worlds and stories.
I love the idea of my art being the vehicle that conveys a good story and figuring out ways to bring these characters that live in my imagination to life. Whether it is through a single illustration, through sequential art, or contributing my designs to a piece from a different medium, I try to convey their feelings, struggles, trials and tribulations into seemingly real characters.
Spartan inspired by the movie 300. 2007.
Perseus drawing copied from a Greek Mythology book.
World War II comic. October 2006.
At 8 years old, my fascination with superheroes began because of the movie The Dark Knight. The idea of someone going through life on their own, searching for truth and using all their power to exhaustion for a noble cause, resonated with me. Batman was my first hero. He’s still my favorite hero in many ways.
Subsequently, the poignant story in Batman: Court of Owls opened my eyes to the potential of comics as a medium and inspired me to begin not only collecting comics, but redrawing the characters over and over again to develop muscle memory and attempt to master the comic book visual language. The book influenced me in profound ways and played a big part in my decision to be a comic artist. It was at this time that I drew my first comic book: Shadow! (I knew nothing about the 20th century pulp hero of the same name). I would spend most of my time in school and at home drawing the comic. In a matter of a few weeks I'd drawn three chapters, totalling over 40 pages.
The Dark Knight. Warner Bros Studios. Directed by Christopher Nolan.
Batman: Court of Owls. By Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo
Shadow chapter 1 cover
Shadow chapter 3 cover
Shadow chapter 2 cover
My greatest inspirations come from the comic book art of Jim Lee, Frank Frazetta, Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, Bernie Kriegstein, Mike Mignola, Eduardo Risso, and Greg Capullo. I also find inspiration in superhero films and the work of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and Denis Villeneuve. Other big sources of inspiration are 20th-century illustration, from artists like Joseph Leyendecker, Winsor McCay, Joseph Newton Howitt, J. Allen St. John, and Frank Frazetta. Finally, art from classical antiquity and from the Renaissance has inspired me lately.
I refined my drawing style after taking Fernando Leon Gonzales' (Teenage Mutant, Ninja Turtles, Ciudad: Later adapted as the Netflix film Extraction) drawing classes in Cordoba, Argentina in 2013-14. Fernando's teachings introduced me to the vital concept of perspective and inspired me to design my own characters.
Fernando Leon Gonzales' art. From the graphic novel Ciudad. Later adapted to Netlix as Extraction.
A duo of superhero characters I designed in Fernando's class.
A page from an action comic I created in Fernando's class.
A page from an action comic I created in Fernando's class.
In 2015, I discovered two of the biggest masterpieces in comic book history: Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. These two graphic novels finally convinced me that comic books are a valid medium were transcendent stories can take place.
In 2016, during my last year of high school, I had the greatest opportunity to meet a real life hero, Juan Ferreyra, a DC Comics and Marvel artist (known for drawing Green Arrow, Wolverine and Spider-Man Noir). He invited me to his studio, opening a door into the secrets of the industry, artistically, financially and theoretically.
Watchmen. By Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons & John Higgins
The Dark Knight Returns. By Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley
Juan Ferreyra's art. From Killmonger #5
In 2017, I moved to the United States, to attend the Academy of Art University, studying illustration with an emphasis on comic book art. Attending art school has been an eye opening experience, and I've experimented and been introduced to a variety of tools and mediums that influence and shape my work and style. During my time in San Francisco, I discovered a huge passion for martial arts and started training Muay Thai. This has been a huge development in my style and the type of work I started to create. My freelance career has had a lot of work related to Martial Arts thanks to this period of my life.
Enjoying a Still Life Painting class. Instructed by Kevin Moore.
Final project critique from a Comic Layout class taught by Gary Amaro (DC Comics, Vertigo, Prince Valiant)
At my first Muay Thai gym with legendary coach Bunkered Faphimai.
During my last university year, a cover and a set of sample pages from Northbound, a personal comics project of mine, earned the first place award in the category of Comics and Sequential Storytelling in the annual Academy of Art Spring Show. A few weeks later I graduated and left for Europe!
First Place in Comics and Sequential Storytelling at the Academy of Art University 2022 Spring Show.
The two sample pages from Northbound selected for the award.
In the last two years, I have lived and worked in San Francisco, England, Italy and Spain. It has been tough to move around so many different countries, away from home and family, while pushing very hard to blossom a career in a very difficult and competitive industry. But it is an amazing journey to take part in, and I have learned so much in such little time. My purpose in life is to do what I love, tell stories, and become better every day, as an illustrator, a martial artist, and a human being.
Today I live, work, and train in the beautiful city of Madrid, where I have good friends and a great partner who supports me and pushes me to grow. I am slowly but surely getting ready to self-publish my first comics project The Hydra in early 2024.
Cover for The Hydra #1, to be published early 2024.
Working on a mural in Italy, at Ristorante Cap e Fierr, in the beautiful island of Ischia.
Training session at Kenshiro Muay Thai, in Brighton, England.