|Born||José Antonio Villarrubia Jiménez-Momediano
17 November 1961
|Area(s)||Colorist, Painter, Photographer|
|Notable works||The Mirror of Love
Voice of the Fire
Fantastic Four: 1234
Cuba: My Revolution
José Antonio Villarrubia Jiménez-Momediano (born 17 November 1961) – known professionally as José Villarrubia – is a Spanish artist and art teacher who has done considerable work in the American comic book industry, particularly as a colorist.
Villarrubia was born in Madrid. His fine art photography has been exhibited in the U.S., Latin America and Europe, in institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Inter-American Development Bank. He is the current Chair of the Illustration Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has also taught at Towson University, the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Walters Art Museum. He has lectured extensively about art at Johns Hopkins University, the College Art Association, Dickinson College, the ICA in London, the Williem de Kooning Academy, the Naples Academy of Art, and the MacWorld UK Convention.
In comics, Villarrubia has done digitally manipulated illustrations for Veils, Promethea and The Sentry. As a colorist he is frequent collaborator of Jae Lee (Hellshock, Fantastic Four 1234, Captain America), Bill Sienkiewicz (Sentry/Hulk, X-Men Unlimited), J.H. Williams III (Promethea, Desolation Jones), Paul Pope (Solo, Project Superior, Batman: Year 100, Wednesday Comics), Scott Hampton (Batman: Gotham County Limits), Kaare Andrews (Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One, Wolverine, Spider-Man: Reign), Ryan Sook (Spider-Man Unlimited, X-Factor The Return of Bruce Wayne) and Richard Corben (CAGE, Ghost Rider, Conan the Cimmerian, Starr). He is currently coloring Conan the King for Dark Horse Comics, Sweet Tooth for Vertigo, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and Captain Atom for DC Comics. He has won the Comicdom Award for best colorist for his work on X-Factor, has been nominated twice for the Eisner Award for best colorist and has been included in The Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. He won the 2011 Harvey Award for best colorist for his work on Cuba: My Revolution.
With writer Alan Moore, he has produced two illustrated books, both published by Top Shelf Productions: Voice of the Fire and The Mirror of Love. The latter is a love poem and a detailed history of homosexuality, prominently featuring famous figures in art and literature. It originally began as a part of the AARGH! Anthology in 1988. AARGH! [Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia] was a comic book protest against Britain's proposed anti-Gay Section 28. It was translated and published in French as Le Miroir de l'amour (November 2006), by Carabas Revolution, in Italian as Lo Specchio dell'Amore (September 2008) by Edizioni BD and in Spanish as El Espejo del amor (November 2008) by Editorial Kraken. Villarrubia is openly gay.
The DVD of the documentary feature film The Mindscape of Alan Moore contains an interview with Villarubia about his collaboration with Alan Moore.
- "Villarrubia Walks the Interdisciplinary Talk".
- "Macworld Conference highlights". www.macworld.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
- Paul Pope's Strange Adventures/http://thepanelists.org/2011/06/paul-popes-strange-adventures/
- "Comicdom Award History". Retrieved 2009-04-11.
- Welland, Jonah (2002). "Marvel Art by Lee, Sienkiewicz and Villarrubia featured in Museum of Illustration". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-03-011.
- Cavna, Michael (2011-08-21). "BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: Your 2011 Harvey Award winners are". The Washington Post.
- Mathews, Ed; Jonathan Ellis (2005). "The Mirror of Love: Reflections with José Villarrubia". PopImage. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
- "Interviews: José Villarrubia". GayLeague.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
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