Previous altell il·lustrat artists

The Altell Il·lustrat (Illustrated Mezzanine) opened in April 2016. Since then it has changed its look twice a year, around the time of the Sant Jordi and La Mercè celebrations. Both established professionals and Barcelona illustration newcomers show off their talent there.


April 2018 - September 2018

Lalalimola is the pseudonym of Valencian illustrator Sandra Navarro. She began her career in the advertising and graphic design sector, and years later she reoriented her career towards illustration, her vocation.

Since then, she has developed projects for the publishing, literary and advertising sectors, both nationally and internationally. Among her works is the poster for the forthcoming Valencia Book Fair, editorial illustrations for Scoop Magazine and El País, picture books for Penguin Random House and Oxford University Press, and other illustrations for UNICEF and Santillana.

With a simple, spontaneous and fresh style, the work of Lalalimola is characterised by its sensitivity, dynamism and a touch of humour. Her drawings evoke the spirit of classic illustrations of the fifties. Strokes transform urban landscapes into narrative stages to weave stories between diverse, everyday characters. Lalalimola's illustrations take shape and appear before the eyes of the public to reveal our deepest emotions.

Miguel Bustos

September 2017 - April 2018

Miguel Bustos describes himself as a “qualified graphic designer turned illustrator”. Born in la Sénia in 1984, he currently supplements his work as an illustrator by running engraving and screen printing workshops at the Eina University School in Barcelona.

His interest in self-publishing has led him to illustrate and produce his own publications. He has taken part in various self-publishing fairs and festivals, including the Small Publishers Fair in London and the Gutterfest, the Graf and the Give Print a Chance in Barcelona.

In 2013 he published his first comic, El Senyor Romaní (EDT), with a script by Carme Pons, which deservedly won him a Junceda prize in 2014. Other books followed: Catalunya triomfant (Roca Editors, 2016), Mogollón (Mosquito Books, 2017). He also creates cartoons, which he describes as “really bad”, and which are published under the name ‘Humor se escribe con lápiz’ (Humour is written in pencil).

The narrative capacity of Miguel Bustos combines humour and a strong visual impact. His work demonstrates a coherence which makes it highly recognisable and combines comics, illustration and composition.

Gina Thorstensen

April 2017 - September 2017

Gina Thorstensen is a Norwegian illustrator resident in Barcelona since 2001. She took a university degree course at the Massana School and graduated in 2005. She won first prize in the 2008 Injuve Comic and Illustration Competition. Her works have been awarded prizes ever since and been shown in exhibitions, publications and film festivals around the world. 

She has worked in very diverse range of fields and projects in illustration, including children’s and publishing illustration, packaging, animation and the creation of murals for hotels, restaurants and institutions in Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin and Barcelona.

In the course of the last few years she has directed several experimental videoclips. Her animations combine sketches, three-dimensionality and an interest in materials. In 2016 she officially opened “Brotan”, an individual exhibition at the Galería Cromo in Barcelona, featuring a series of illustrations, sculptures and animations.