Luis Royo

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Luis Royo
Luis Royo at the 30th Paris Book Fair at the Porte de Versailles
Luis Royo at the 2010 Paris Book Fair
Born 1954
Olalla, Teruel, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Education La Escuela de Artes Aplicados
Known for Illustration, Sculpture
Notable work Dead Moon
Prohibited Book
Luis Royo and "Dead Moon" books

Luis Royo (born 1954) is a Spanish artist. He is best known for his fantasy illustrations published in numerous art books,[1] magazines such as Heavy Metal[2] and various other media including book and music CD covers, video games and Tarot cards.[3]

Beginning his career as a furniture designer, he was attracted to the comics industry in the late 1970s by the work of artists like Enki Bilal and Moebius, and in 1979 he turned to art as a full-time career.[4] Within a few years, he was publishing art within and on the covers of such magazines as Comix Rambla Internacional, El Vibora, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon and Comic Art as well as providing cover illustrations for several American publishers.


Royo was born at born in Olalla, a village in the Aragonese province of Teruel.[4]

In 1983, Royo began working as an illustrator for publishers in the United States such as Tor Books,[5] Berkley Books, Avon (publisher) and Bantam Books.

As his reputation grew, other publishers contacted Royo and he created custom covers for novels and magazines for Ballantine Books,[6] NAL, DAW Books, Doubleday (publisher), HarperCollins, Zendra, Hasa Corporation, Penthouse Comix,[7] Pocket Books with Star Trek: Voyager series[8] and Battlestar Galactica novels,[9] also Fleer for Ultra X-Men by Marvel.[10]

An ongoing collaboration with Heavy Metal (magazine)[11] produced a large number of magazine covers including the 20th anniversary issue in 1997.[12] Illustrations for the character F.A.A.K were based on actress Julie Strain.

Royo's other well-known covers for fantasy and science fiction titles of this period included Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov,[13] Conan by Robert E. Howard,[13] 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke and StarMan and Wayfarer Redemption saga by Sara Douglass[13] among others.

Women, Royo's first art book was published in 1992. It brings together many of his cover illustrations up to that date into one volume.[14] His second book, Malefic, was published in 1994 and was dedicated to fantasy and science fiction imagery. This was followed in 1996 by Secrets, which was dedicated to erotism.[15] Later art books, (III Millennium, Evolution, Visions and Dark Labyrinth) explored the same genres combining science fiction, apocalyptic worlds and myths of beauty and the beast,[16] but received criticism for their explicit content.[17]

In 2006, joined by Romulo Royo, Luis Royo traveled to Moscow to complete a commission to paint a fresco on a domed ceiling, reflecting classic themes of eroticism. The process and result of this work was published in another art book, Dome.[18]

Royo began to work on Dead Moon in 2009, a project with an oriental theme. This produced two art books, Dead Moon and Dead Moon: Epilogue that tell a love story. Royo also designed a tarot deck using the Dead Moon theme.[19] The original paintings were exhibited at Salón del Manga de Barcelona,[20] ExpoManga[19] and retail store Fnac.[21]

In 2011, Luis and Romulo Royo started a multimedia project, Malefic Time, that included illustrated novels, a role playing game, figures based on illustrations, calendars and other spin-offs.[22]

Royo worked with George R. R. Martin in 2014 to produce illustrations for Martin's novelette, The Ice Dragon.[23]


  • 1985 - Circulus-Sataka (Comic book)
  • 1986 - Desfase (Experimental comic book)
  • 1992 - Women (Original title Femmes)
  • 1994 - Malefic
  • 1996 - Secrets
  • 1998 - III Millennium
  • 1999 - Dreams
  • 1999 - Prohibited Book
  • 2000 - Evolution
  • 2001 - Art Fantastix: The Art of Luis Royo
  • 2001 - Prohibited Book II
  • 2002 - Conceptions I
  • 2003 - Conceptions II
  • 2003 - Prohibited Book III
  • 2003 - Visions
  • 2004 - Antología I - 1979-1982
  • 2004 - Fantastic Art
  • 2004 - The Labyrinth: Tarot
  • 2004 - Prohibited Sketchbook
  • 2005 - Conceptions III
  • 2005 - Subversive Beauty
  • 2006 - Antología II - 1981-1983
  • 2006 - Dark Labyrinth
  • 2006 - Wild Sketches I
  • 2006 - Wild Sketches II
  • 2007 - Dome
  • 2008 - Wild Sketches III
  • 2009 - Dead Moon
  • 2009 - Malefic: Remastered
  • 2010 - Dead Moon: Epilogue
  • 2010 - Prohibited Book (Omnibus edition)
  • 2011 - Malefic Time: Apocalypse
  • 2012 - Malefic Time: Apocalypse: Codex
  • 2012 - Malefic Time: Soum
  • 2014 - Malefic Time 2: 110 Katanas
  • 2014 - The Ice Dragon (Illustrated edition of a novelette by George R. R. Martin)
  • 2016 - Malefic Time: Akelarre

An extensive collection of derived works has also been published, including calendars, collectible cards, and portfolios.


In 1994 the Penthouse magazine reported on his work and later in 1996, one of his images was the cover of American and German Penthouse, both of them with an interior report.

In turn, reports on his work appeared in other publications: La Stampa in Italy, Airbrush Action in the United States and Penthouse Comic in Germany. In this same year he received in the United States the Silver Award, Spectrum III.

In 1998 he exhibited at the Norma Gallery in Barcelona and at the Comic Fair, Viñetas from Ó Atlántico. A Coruña. And in 2006, he exhibited his work at the 24th Barcelona Comic Hall.

In 2000 he received the Millennium Prize in the 7th Salone of the Caret Micto, at Milan, Italy. In 2001 he exhibited his work in St. Petersburg (Russia) and received the El Peregrino Fantasy Award at CTPAHHNK, wollofed by the Unicorn Fantasy Award, VII International Fantasy and Terror Film Week (at Málaga) and others.

In 2015 he won The Inkpot award at Comic Arts. Comicon San Diego (USA).


  1. ^ "Norma Editorial Publishers Catalogue for Luis Royo". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction entry for Luis Royo". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Biography of Luis Royo". Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tor Books, Luis Royo covers". 
  6. ^ "Ballantine Books, Luis Royo Covers". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Penthouse Comix, Blue Star". Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Star Treck Voyager, Cybersong". Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Battlestar Galactica Novel Collection". Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Luis Royo's Spring Break from the '95 Fleer Ultra X-Men Series". Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Comic Book DB". Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Heavy Metal magazine, Luis Royo paintings". Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c "Luis Royo book covers, Book Database". Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Biography of Luis Royo, Norma Editorial". Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Luis Royo biography, Xiloca". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Luis Royo Interview, 20 minutos". 
  17. ^ "Interview: Meeting Luis Royo, Pornographer or Brilliant Artist?". Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Yamato Toys USA, Luis Royo biography". Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Expomanga Exhibition, I Ching Tarot Deck". Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Dead Moon Exhibition". Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "Dead Moon Exposition in FNAC". Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "Malefic Time project products". Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  23. ^ "Game of Thrones author George RR Martin to republish The Ice Dragon with illustrations by Luis Royo". Retrieved 31 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Luis Royo at Wikimedia Commons