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Manuel Sanjulian

Barcelona, Spain

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Manuel Perez-Sanjulián Clemente, better known in the art world as Sanjulián, master of fantasy art, is a legendary Spanish illustrator most notable for his celebrated magazine and novel covers. He was born in 1940 in Barcelona where he grew up, in love with the power of observation and in awe of the naturalistic style and classic technique of Spanish painter Velázquez.

Ever the American cinema enthusiast, Sanjulián began drawing inspired by the movie posters in the newspapers. When his childhood wish to become a naval officer didn’t pan out, he turned to his favorite pastime and, on the advice of a painting conservator, having made some posters, sounded out the studios and gotten some work for Fox, he enrolled at the Sant Jordi Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona.

After the brief stint at Fox and also at Bruguera, he was recruited by the art agency Selecciones Ilustradas, where his covers for the US market, were already achieving increased success. In 1984 he would sign-up with Norma Editorial, a comics publisher based in Barcelona.

And so he started his career in the comics world and his talent was put to use in the romantic, detective fiction or western genres, but it was in 1970 with Frank Frazetta, often his inspiration, in the American magazine company Warren Publishing when creating covers for their horror, fantasy and sci fi magazines, he found his calling.

Eventually he became known illustrating the covers of DC Comics, Creepy, Eerie, etc. His Vampirella and Conan the Barbarian series covers specially gained him international recognition. They are cult classics and good examples of his expert command of color and of pictorial techniques.

He continued his career illustrating historical novels for Dell Publishing and through the years he has worked for all the main New York publishers: Avon, Ace, Warner, DAW, Bantam, Signet and many more.

Understandably, his most fervent admirers are Americans, as it was for that market that he produced his most representative work, but followers from around the world collect his artwork. There are art book cover and comic book collectors of characters such as Batman or Red Sonja. Even celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Danny DeVito, Mel Gibson, among others, who request his unique creations, be it in the pencil drawing or the oil painting style.

Throughout his professional career, he has also collaborated on projects like The Empire Strikes Back, and he had the opportunity to design the art cover for the DVD release of George Lucas’ THX 1138. Mr. Lucas himself owns many of his original, both oil and pencil, masterpieces. Sanjulián is an honored and awarded member of the Society of Illustrators.

Today this, most prolific, visionary genius still dedicates his life to his exceptional and instantly recognizable art of illustration style, which brings together a realist approach and the fantasy genre, his oil technique somehow between Velazquez and Frazzeta.

Still with the same quality and speed that surprise anyone who knows him.

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