The Art of Luis Royo

Luis Royo was born in 1954 in Olalla, Teruel (Spain). He studied technical delineation, painting, decoration and interior design in the Industrial Mastery School and the Applied Arts School in Zaragoza. He also worked on several interior design studies between 1970 and 1979.

From 1972 to 1976 he took part in a series of collective painting exhibitions on a national level. In 1977 he created large-format paintings using mixed techniques, which were exhibited in several cities.

From 1978 on, he started drawing comics for different fanzines, and in 1980 his works were exhibited in the Angoulême Fair.

Between 1981 and 1982, his comics were published in the 1984, Comix International and Rambla magazines, and also, occasionally, in El Víbora and Heavy Metal.

1983 marks the beginning of his career as an illustrator together with NORMA Editorial. His works leave the country, and are often published worldwide. He works in the USA, England, Sweden, etc., making commissioned covers for books from Tor Books, Berkley Books, Avon, Warner Books, Bantam Books, etc. He also creates covers for American magazines, such as Heavy Metal and National Lampoon, and also European ones, such as Cimoc, Comic Art, Ere Comprimée, Total Metal and others; he also makes a few video and video games sleeves for different countries.

In 1985, while keeping his work as an illustrator both in the States and Europe, the Colección Rambla publishes a comic drawn by him. In 1986, Ikusager Ediciones S.A. publishes DESFASE, an experimental comic album.

From 1990 on, he increases the amount of free works, combining them with his commissioned works.

In 1992, NORMA Editorial publishes in Spain the book WOMEN, a selection of the illustrations he has drawn in the last eight years. Soleil Productions makes the French edition, and Edition Comic Forum the German one. He also gets a small exhibition showing his originals.

In 1993, Comic Images publishes a trading card collection called FROM FANTASY TO REALITY which includes some illustrations made by Royo.