Kike Ibáñez (September 6, 1980, San Sebastián, Basque Country) is a designer, illustrator and painter based in Madrid (Spain).

Career path
He trained as a graphic artist and graphic designer at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Gráficas Islas Filipinas (Madrid) and as an editorial illustrator at the Higher School of Professional Drawing, ESDIP (Madrid).

In the year 2000 he began to work in pre-press workshops and advertising agencies, scanning originals, layout of publications and photo retouching. Starting in 2006, he also carried out graphic design, drawing and illustration work. Among his employers, the Metro newspaper stands out, where it was common to see infographics and illustrations by Kike Ibáñez, a collaboration that ended in 2009 with the closing of the newspaper. For two years he designs illustrated books for children and adults at the Jaguar publishing house, this would be his last collaboration as an employee.

In 2012 he published his first illustrated book and since 2016 he has dedicated himself exclusively to illustrating from his studio in Madrid for publishers of school books and children's and youth literature (Anaya, SM and Santillana). His illustrations have been selected in the Catálogo Iberoamericano de ilustración (Mexico), in Bienal Internacional de Ilustraçao para a Infância (Portugal) and in the Little Hakka International Picture Book (China), in 2020 his work was chosen to be part of the La fiera del libro per ragazzi (Italy).

In March 2021 he moved his studio to the working-class neighborhood of Carabanchel in Madrid to carry out an artistic project called bIZI, a future exhibition made up of large-format paintings, interactive installations and objects created or intervened by the artist himself, with the fundamental idea of sharing the natural beauty of the bicycle and the act of using it.

Style
The personality of his work is influenced by his beginnings as a graphic designer. In Kike Ibáñez's work, color, composition, and subordination to the story that he wants to communicate are essential to build the image. The tone and arrangement of the elements in the image, in addition to harmonics, must have a narrative intention, because not only does the drawing speak to us, there is also information in the shapes, in the colors and in the way in which we combine them.

AWARDS
︎ 2020 – Selected for the Illustrator’s Exhibition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair
︎ 2019 – Awarded with two nominations at the 2nd Society of Illustrators Awards
︎ 2019 – Awarded with a Special Mention at the 10h IberoAmerican Catalog of Illustration
︎ 2018 – Selected on Little Hakka Internacional Picture Book Award
︎ 2018 – Selected on Ilustrarte, the Bienal Internacional de Ilustraçao para a Infância
︎ 2017 – Selected on the 8º IberoAmerican Catalog of Illustration
︎ 2016 – Winner of the Lazarillo Prize
︎ 2016 – Honorable mention at the 4th Francisco Pino experimental poetry contest
︎ 2015 – Winner of the the 8º International Encontro Ilustração of S. João da Madeira

WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
︎2021 – El secreto de Gino Bartali. Bang!
︎2016 – Jasón y los argonautas. Milrazones

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
︎2022 – La misteriosa desaparición del pastel de chocolate. SM. Jordi Sierra i Fabra
︎2021 – Escapistas. La mansión del horror. Anaya. Ximo Cerdà
︎2020 – Escapistas. Un enigmático anuncio. Anaya. Ximo Cerdà
︎2020 – Escapistas. Campanilla secuestrada. Anaya. Ximo Cerdà
︎2020 – Abuelita Opalina. SM. María Puncel
︎2019 – Los escribidores de cartas. SM. Beatriz Osés
︎2018 – Migue hace un libro. Milrazones. Jesús Ortiz
︎2018 – Les aventures d'un ratolí de biblioteca. Crüilla. Salvador Comelles
︎2017 – Barrios de Colores. Milrazones. Ana González
︎2017 – Filomena Ficalapota. Crüilla. Maite Carranza
︎2016 – La cazadora de Indiana Jones. SM. Asun Balzola
︎2016 – Llueve. SM. Paloma Muiña
︎2016 – El baño de Cleopatra. Anaya. Ana Alonso
︎2015 – Cómo hacer trabajos increíbles con internet. Anaya. Ana Alonso
︎2014 – San Jorge y el Dragón. Jaguar. Eva Rodríguez
︎2012 – The Selfish Giant. Buhobooks. Oscar Wilde

︎ Pdf con el CV en español
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