“My specialty is being creative, innovative, making language go as far as possible, trying to develop codes, signs, and graphic messages. Bringing them up to date. Listening, absorbing, observing, expressing what society is breathing in images.
Mariscal Store is a personal initiative to share my work with the public. To share a love affair with drawing using all kinds of supports and disciplines.
The maverick Spanish designer Javier Mariscal - famous the world over for Cobi, the cartoon dog who became the official mascot of the Barcelona Olympics. Described as "kooky" and "colorful", Mariscal is perversely versatile: a pioneering furniture designer, artist, photographer, and graphic designer who also worked on corporate identities.
Mariscal has exhibited at Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, and participates in the Kassel Documentary, to which several retrospectives and up like: Mariscal Drawing Life in the London Design Museum, Mariscal en La Pedrera, or The Art Player in Korea. Illustrations and comics strips invade covers and pages in the New Yorker, El Pais, and the Japanese magazine Apo.
His trips to California, Japan, Paris, or Portugal decisively influence his drawings. He works with designers, engineers, and architects such as Arata Isozaki and with companies like Memphis, Akaba, Bidasoa, BD Ediciones de Diseño, Moroso, Alessi, Phaidon, The Conran Shop, Framestore, Nemo Casina, Artemide, Nani Marquina, Magis, Camper, Louis Vuitton.
Mariscal wins the "Premio Nacional de Diseño" in 1999 and a Goya Award for “Chico & Rita” the animated film alongside Fernando Trueba. For which they are also nominated to the Oscars for Best Animated Picture. In 2006 he was invested by an honorary member of the Royal Design Industry.
His work is exhibited in the permanent collections of international museums such as the MoMA, Victoria & Albert Museum, Vitra Design Museum, Philadelfia Museum of Art, Museo del Diseño de Barcelona, IVAM, Fundación La Caixa. His work is in private collations such as Archivo Lafuente, National Art Museum of Catalonia, Ricard Paris, Aigües de Barcelona.
He is currently working on a new animated film co-directed with Fernando Trueba.
“The nearest thing to Walt Disney form the counterculture”
Director of the Design Museum, London