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Javier Mariscal, a blockbuster artist

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Javier Mariscal (Valencia, 1950) is a born creator. Posters, illustrations, furniture, web sites, animation films. "Multidisciplinary" is one of the adjectives that describe him best.

In the beginning of his career, after studying graphic design at Escuela Elisava in Barcelona, he stood out in comics thanks to such characters as El Señor del Caballito and Los Garriris. After that he got into textile and furniture design, illustration and interior design. It was Cobi, the mascot for Barcelona' 92 Olympic Games who made him known to greater audiences. In 1999 He won the Premio Nacional de Diseño from the Spanish Ministry for Industry and Energy and in 2006 he was instated as a honorary member of the Royal Design Industry.


As a designer, Mariscal has made clear his commitment to Cinema. In 2000 he did the graphics for Calle 54, a documentary on Jazz by Fernando Trueba. Years later he co-directed with Trueba Chico & Rita (2010). This film won the Goya to the Best Animated Feature and the European Award to the Best Animated Feature. It also was a candidate to the Oscars. His first steps in this field took place in 1998, when his studio produced a series called Twipsy, starring the mascot for Expo 2000 in Hannover, released in 90 countries. Mariscal also designed the web site for the film Bajo las estrellas (2007), by Félix Viscarret. Among his latest projects, working with Pedro Almodóvar in Los amantes pasajeros. He will create the poster for the film and also its graphic image.

His work has been object of plenty of exhibits, both in Spain and abroad. The Georges-Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Design Museum in London the Inter Nos Gallery in Milan have hosted his creations. Among the latest retrospectives, "Mariscal en La Pedrera" (Barcelona, 2010-2011), is worth mentioning, as 130.000 visitors admired his designs during almost 40 years of career. His talent has caught the eye of people all over the world, as shown by his covers for The New Yorker or the conferences he gives all over the world, from Australia to Cuba via Canada and the USA.

Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2012