Sergio García Sánchez, from Granada, has been awarded the 2022 National Illustration Prize, according to the jury's decision made public this Tuesday, which highlighted how the artist has multiplied the possibilities of illustration "with images that narrate by themselves".
The prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and endowed with 20,000 euros, also recognizes García Sánchez as an illustrator "who expands the book format by taking graphic narration to other places".
The jury has also pointed out that the winner "enjoys his own unique language, as well as a technique with a linear richness that goes into infinity."
According to the jury, "it expands the book format by taking graphic narration to other places and multiplies the possibilities of illustration with images that narrate by themselves" https://t.co/LeruuxN0bI pic.twitter.com/TwSS7XTgv1
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García has worked for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Toon Books, Dargaud, Delcourt, Dibbuks, Ediciones Santillana or Ediciones SM, among others, and has been awarded the ÑH, APIM, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, School Library awards. Journal, Kirkus, Festival Internacional de Bande Dessinnée de Sierre & CBBD-Centre Belge de la Bande Déssinne.
“When you do something that is somewhat marginal in the publishing world, as is our case, then it is very difficult to reach people. And The New York Times gives us that possibility. They are 1,450,000 readers. We publish in the 'Book review', which is their literary magazine, which is published as a supplement. Best of all, they give me carte blanche, they give me freedom. They respect the cartoonist a lot”, he assured. in an interview with the Andalusian edition from elDiario.es.
Sergio García Sánchez was born in Guadix (Granada) in 1967, studied Fine Arts at the University of Granada, where he currently teaches as a full professor in the Drawing Department. His professional activity focuses on editorial illustration, comics and children's illustration.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports grants this award with the aim of recognizing and distinguishing the work carried out by a Spanish illustrator in the field of books and letters in any of the Spanish languages.