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Javier Jaén the king of metaphors

The creations of illustrator Javier Jaén convert complex ideas into attractive and impacting images that form a unique visual world full of surprises.

From Barcelona, he was born in 1983. He studied Graphic Design and Fine Arts in Barcelona, New York and Budapest. Javier’s work is focused on editorial illustration, book covers, and cultural communication. His is a symbolic, playful language, and he looks for narrative scenarios and aesthetics in close context, related to the everyday experience.

He has worked for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Le Monde, Time, Harvard University, La Vanguardia, El País, Penguin Random House, Vueling Airlines, UNESCO, among others.

Javier Jaen has taught at Istituto Europeo di Design, IDEP, and frequently runs workshops and lectures. The artist work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators,  American Illustration Print magazine, Junceda Award (2013), and the Gràffica Award (2010). He has participated in exhibitions in New York, London, El Salvador, Tallinn, Rome, and Barcelona.


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