Bruna Valls, Palafrugell, 1989. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona and completed a postgraduate course in Creative Illustration at EINA.
She works with a broad array of techniques and has a very eclectic style that is capable of adapting to a wide variety of commissions and projects.
Published books: La colección del abuelo (Edelvives), Tienes tres deseos (La Fragatina), Els indians i les havaneres (Network of Indian Municipalities), Grandes mentiras sobre el jamón (Lunwerg) and Hop! (Cruïlla).
One of her trademarks is the illustration of animal-headed characters. Her origins lie in her interest in old photographs. Feeling deeply drawn to the serenity of these images, the warm and familiar atmospheres. To disassociate the image from a specific identity, she used animal heads instead, which allow her to pursue a twofold objective: on the one hand, to universalise the images and, on the other, to give a counterpoint to this nostalgia and generate dissonance with the traditional family values that are often implicit in old photographs.
There are several reasons for a character to be one animal or another. The character of that person is a factor. It is very common to associate personalities with animals. In fact, many cultures have delved into this subject and we find numerous examples in stories or in popular sayings. Thus, if a character is cunning, they will be a fox, if they are faithful, a dog, a chatterbox, a parrot, etc. Physical appearance is obviously another important factor in the choice, as is the composition.
Catálogo Iberoamérica Ilustra XI
VII Premio Internacional Álbum Ilustrado Edelvives
Primer premio, 2018
The Illustrators exhibition
Bologna children's book fair, 2016
Spotlight on Reading
Hipermerc’art by Moritz
Italy, USA, Japan, Taiwan and China, 2016