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 born in Olalla, a village in the Aragonese province of Teruel.[1] He is best known for his fantasy illustrations published in numerous art books,[2] magazines such as Heavy Metal[3] and various other media including book and music CD covers, video games and Tarot cards.[4]

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.[1] 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 publishers including Tor Books, Berkley Books, Avon, Warner Books, Bantam Books and others.


In 1983 begins working for editorials as illustrator, editorials from United States such as Tor Books,[5] Berkley Books, Avon (publisher) and Bantam Books.

Due to high recognition on the following years new editorials contact Luis Royo. He creates custom covers of 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]

His most assiduous collaboration comes with Heavy Metal (magazine)[11] consisting of multiple covers and the 1997, 20 Year Special issue.[12] Illustrations for the character F.A.A.K based on actress Julie Strain.

Following the covers of fantasy and science fiction of this period other famous titles stand out including covers made by Luis Royo such as 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.

In 1992 his first art book Women is published. It includes a recompilation of his previous works.[14]

His second book Malefic published in 1994 belongs to the fantasy and science fiction genre. In 1996 his book Secrets is dedicated totally to the erotism.[15] The following books (III Millennium, Evolution, Visions and Dark Labyrinth) explore the previous genres combining the science fiction, apocalyptic worlds and the myth of beauty and the beast[16] receiving heavy criticism for the explicit content.[17]

In 2006 joint by Romulo Royo he travels to Moscow for a custom work of a fresco in a dome, reflecting the classic themes of eroticism. The process and result of this work is published in the book Dome.[18]

In 2009 begins the project Dead Moon with the publication of art album with oriental theme. This album is followed after by two illustration books Dead Moon and Dead Moon: Epilogue that tell a love story. A tarot deck is designed by Luis Royo with the Dead Moon theme.[19] The original drawings were exposed in Salón del Manga de Barcelona,[20] ExpoManga[19] and retail store Fnac.[21]

In 2011 a new project, joint by Romulo Royo, Malefic Time begins as a multimedia project that includes illustration novels, role playing game, figures based on illustrations, calendars, etc.[22]

Luis Royo worked with George R. R. Martin in 2014 for illustrations of the The Ice Dragon tale[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 short story by George R.R. Martin)

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


  1. ^ a b "Biography of Luis Royo". Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Norma Editorial Publishers Catalogue for Luis Royo". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction entry for Luis Royo". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  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". 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. 

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