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Maguma

Maguma - International conceptual illustrator. Madrid

With a highly perceptive and conceptual approach to every project he tackles, Maguma is a Spanish artist who works in a bright, tactile style that harks back to the heyday of illustration in the 1950s and 60s. His great ideas and vast experience make Maguma a joy to work with for his clients.
Based in Madrid, Maguma – AKA Marcos Guardiola Martin – works for a growing number of publications and international brands. Inspired by artists like Moebius and Milano Manara, as well as old adult comics like Metal Hurlant and El Vivora, his pastimes include climbing, cycling and sketching. Other influences include Jackson Pollock, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso, and he studied at the School of Architecture in Madrid.

Approach

Although he works digitally, using a Wacom Cintiq graphics tablet and digital painting software, Maguma’s illustrations always have an authentic handmade feel to them.

Style

Maguma’s style will remind you of classic mid-20th century illustration work done in pastel or gouache, and sometimes it looks like a silkscreen print saturated with ink. He strives to give images a tactile quality, inviting the viewer to experience the picture. Strong concepts and colours are also prevalent in his pictures.

Client list

Maguma has worked for clients including El País, Courrier International, El Malpensante, Yorokobu, Amanuta and Tara Books.
Being Green
Being Green
Maguma works on an environment themed conceptual illustration for Spain's El Pais newspaper.
Being Green
Nami Concours 2019
Nami Concours 2019
Maguma attends the awards ceremony and NOW exhibition at Nami Island, Korea.
Nami Concours 2019
Fantasy Exhibition
Fantasy Exhibition
Maguma takes part in an exhibition showcasing fantasy work from a collective of 12 artists
Fantasy Exhibition
Where Are They Going?
Where Are They Going?
Maguma's tactile artworks fill a new picture book published by Fondo de Cultura Economica.
Where Are They Going?
God of Money
God of Money
Maguma's latest illustrated book God of Money is released by Tara Books.
God of Money
Hieronymus Bosch
Hieronymus Bosch
We're sneeking a peek at Maguma's latest creations in honour of painter Hieronymus Bosch.
Hieronymus Bosch
Hand-Made by Maguma
Hand-Made by Maguma
Maguma's self-published animal book is featured in "Making Childhood Colorful: Designing Books for Children".
Hand-Made by Maguma
Rafael Pombo Poetry
Rafael Pombo Poetry
Maguma illustrates Rafael Pombo's poems in this beautiful book.
Rafael Pombo Poetry
Sporting Literature
Sporting Literature
Maguma creates a beautifully crafted conceptual illustration for Panenka Magazine.
Sporting Literature
Illustrator Profile - Maguma
Illustrator Profile - Maguma
Maguma's bright and tactile illustrations touch on the surreal.
Illustrator Profile - Maguma
Political Cooperation
Political Cooperation
MaGUMa produces a stunning conceptual piece for Círculo Cívico de Opinión.
Political Cooperation
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