Born and raised in Essen, Germany, to parents who are sailing enthusiasts, I spent my summers mostly underwater in the Adriatic sea off of Croatia. Although I didn´t inherit my parents’ passion for wind and boats (or my mother’s green thumb), the fascination I gained for the stunning colors and the endless forms in the underwater world is still my greatest source of inspiration.
As a child, I wanted to paint houses when I grew up. While the basic idea remained the same, it luckily became a bit more refined, and I chose to study fashion design and illustration at the University of Applied Sciences (better known as "Armgartstrasse")
Following my thesis, I won a scholarship for free artistic development from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), which allowed me to complete a post-graduate study in multimedia at the Tracor Arts School in Barcelona—and to realize my dream of living in the Mediterranean.
After I co-founded a multimedia agency, I first worked for five years in the fields of screen design and 2D animation before deciding to focus my energy on book illustrations.
Since 2000, I have enjoyed working as a freelance illustrator. I won the 1st prize of RAIMA Illustration Competition in Barcelona in 2001, have published several children's books—some of which have been translated into up to six languages—and have illustrated a great number of school books.
Over the last years, I have developed an increasing interest in artists' books and printing techniques. To expand my knowledge, I have taken many workshops with fantastic teachers, including Roberta Bridda
(Barcelona), Valeria Bertesina
(Vicenza), Linda Wolfsgruber
(Vienna), Marion Bataille
(Paris) oder Steven Guarnaccia
(NY). These workshops have convinced me to move my workplace to the printmaker studio of artist Roser Sales, who has become a fantastic mentor to me.
I am deeply grateful and thrilled that I can now enrich my drawings with the powerful yet delicate aesthetics of etchings, monotypes, or linocuts that I have long sought after.
I am curious and excited to see how my art evolves from here. If you are also interested, I invite you to check back here or to take a look at my regulary updated blog "Good Night, Miss Medusa".
Thanks for your interest!
Jani Lunablau, Barcelona, March 2016