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Mario Sánchez Nevado

Illustrator. Art Director. Storyteller.

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AHello! My name is Mario Sánchez Nevado and I am a storyteller who switched his old typewriter for a handful of colors. I am a freelance Illustrator, Art Director and Photographer headquartered in Madrid (Spain). To communicate is my passion, and to create, my way of life.

BI think that everyone has a good story to tell. I have created mine from the need of showing the world as an emotional and contextual experience. My language is obscure, surreal and caustic, but my creations talk about everyday life… Where the most fascinating stories are told.

C I am a vocational, freelance artist. I love to create artworks and designs for CD albums, books and posters. Outside of the studio, I work as Art Director of the international artistic collective Hysterical Minds. I also like giving motivational lectures and digital art workshops.


 

What I do

In a nutshell: I design and illustrate albums and books. This can be done via artwork on demand, or by using any of the pieces available from the gallery of this website. If you are a music band, author, editor or are looking for a freelance illustrator to work with, then it seems you came to one of the right places to do so. My job includes digital artwork but can also feature typography and layout design alongside advertising material, such as merchandise design (T-Shirts, posters, stickers, flyers), teaser/trailer videos, or promotional images for social media channels.

Don’t hesitate in contacting me for any doubts you may have about what I can offer you, price ratings or just to say hi! Free custom budgets with no commitment at all.

 

What I (honestly) know

Photography
80%
Digital Image Processing
95%
Graphic Design
75%
Painting
60%
Video Editing
75%
Communication Skills
90%
3D
30%

 

What I offer

CD Artwork
  • Cover Illustration
  • Booklet Design
  • Logo Design
  • Layout
Editorial
  • Book Covers
  • Magazine Covers
  • Typography Design included
  • Layout Design (if needed)
Other
  • Art Direction / Consulting
  • Personal Commissions
  • Poster Design
  • Merchandising Design

Mario Sanchez Nevado

Bio Curriculum Vitae

“I think everyone has a good story to tell. I try to make these stories to be true”.
    

Mario Sánchez Nevado (Barcelona, 1985) is a Spanish freelance Illustrator and Art Director Graduated in Fine Arts with a Major in Digital Arts by the University of Murcia (2003/08), who creates artworks and designs for music bands and publishing houses worldwide from this studio, Aégis  Strife Illustration.

His distinctive surreal signature on aesthetics, and his caustic approach on storytelling, has granted him a worldwide recognition of his career. He has joined forces with clients of the size of Adobe, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Harlequin or Hachette. He is also one of the managers of the international artistic collective Hysterical Minds and has written several workshops for PSD Tuts+ about digital imaging production. Mario has traveled Europe to give several lectures and workshops in London, Rome or Madrid, and has participated in Adobe’s Create Now, Photoshop Rockstars and the Creative Meetup in the Brief Festival.  His opus has travelled the world from Spain to the U.S., Cuba, UK or Brazil to exhibitions like Creatives Rising, that itinerated among others, to the MoMA and Guggenheim museums in New York. His artistic labor has been recognized by the Master Award on the digital art annual Exposé by two consecutive years, and recently, he participated in Adobe Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary campaign that was premiered on the 2015 Oscar Academy Awards and has won a Pencil D&AD Award, Three Cannes Festival Lions and an Emmy nomination.

With a solid but ever-evolving personal style, his striking collection is deeply woven with bold, stinging narratives, built with vibrant palettes that are the key to the atmospheres and scenery of the dream-like environments present in his body of work. Nevado’s universe is a sensorial interpretation of what he feels as human being and citizen of this world, conveying ideas of our behavior as emotional lifeforms in different contexts where irony can be found and lead to a recurrent critique to society’s morals, distribution, politics or canons in an historical era dominated by shallow. Part magical storyteller, and part sober messenger of society’s ills, Mario’s work begs for a deeper consideration of the world around us.

Miscellaneous Info

Info about licensing existing artworks
When you order a certain product, you have to keep in mind that what I’m selling you is a License of the image, not the image itself. That means that I retain all property rights and that I allow you to use the image in the fields we agree on the license contract.

  • Editorial/Commercial use: To show the image for the purpose it was licensed (as a CD cover, on a magazine, etc).
  • Merchandise: If you are planning to create merchandise from an image you’d be interested in licensing, let me know beforehand if possible. The regular license of the image does not include its use in merchandise and it would need a separate license in most of the cases, unless we deal a royalty pack.
  • Advertising: You have the right to promote yourself with any licensed images, both in digital and printed format. If the image is going to be used on TV commercials, that should be stated and shall need a separate license.
  • Personal use: In case of personal commissions, you will get a print or file for personal use. Personal commissions are not sold, and you won’t retain any rights on them, so if the image goes further than your private sphere (you want to use it to promote something, to make ads on the streets or to use it in any other purpose outside of the stated ones in the image license) you have to note me first as original license terms may vary.
  • Basically, think on this as a “pack”: the basic one includes the usage of the image/s on its containers and promotional usage is permitted, if you want or need any more uses outside of that, the price increases as the printed copies of the image raise. If you are unaware of the number of copies of an item, don’t be afraid to ask your editorial or record company about it.
Lectures and workshops? Count me in!
I have learnt many things during my career, and nowadays I enjoy a lot sharing them with others. If you are arranging any kind of event and need speakers, or have a cultural/training center, consider in dropping me a line! I have given several lectures and workshops about digital art and self-management for artists in English and Spanish. I do this just as a vocational activity so I’m very passionate about it. Check out my Recognition page to watch videos of the events or read some reviews about them!

Not convinced yet? Read on...
The Shadow Eater by A.A. Attanasio cover artwork

A. A. Attanasio

Mario Sánchez Nevado’s art brings the lights up in the soul and illuminates the inner life that fixes the self to the world. His professionalism matches his masterful artistry, and my work experience with him enlivened me and my project. He created the title graphic for my fantasy novel The Shadow Eater in a timely way that gave my book a cover of timeless beauty.View project.

A. A. Attanasio, Independent writer & Editing professional.

2014-08-09T15:52:25+00:00

A. A. Attanasio, Independent writer & Editing professional.

The Shadow Eater by A.A. Attanasio cover artwork
Mario Sánchez Nevado’s art brings the lights up in the soul and illuminates the inner life that fixes the self to the world. His professionalism matches his masterful artistry, and my work experience with him enlivened me and my project. View Full →Read More
Illuminata CD cover artwork by Mario Sanchez Nevado

Illuminata

We tried to extend this motive of duality to the artwork as well. However, we only insisted on the hourglass as a central element. The rest is the amazing work of the brilliant Mario Nevado who often knew better than ourselves what we actually wanted. He had such a tremendous understanding for the whole concept and was a pleasure to work with. Throughout the artwork there are numerous details that play with duality and subtle transitions. As a whole the vivid colours of the artwork form another contrast to the design of “A World so Cold”. View original.

Lukas Knoebl, Guitarist of Illuminata

2015-02-19T10:53:28+00:00

Lukas Knoebl, Guitarist of Illuminata

Illuminata CD cover artwork by Mario Sanchez Nevado
We tried to extend this motive of duality to the artwork as well. However, we only insisted on the hourglass as a central element. The rest is the amazing work of the brilliant Mario Nevado who often knew better than View Full →Read More
Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

Indelible

Here it is! INDELIBLE, Book One of the Twixt!
I've been incredibly fortunate to have darkly beautiful covers for both of my books, but this one is something special. The genius artist is Mario Sánchez Nevado and his work is drop dead gorgeous! I went cruising around his site for ages simply reveling in all the surrealist beauty. Now I can't imagine a more perfect visual artist to capture the feeling of the Twixt. Thank you, Mario! Thank you, Harlequin Teen Dream Team! View project.

Dawn Metcalf, author of "Indelible".

2014-07-31T16:11:12+00:00

Dawn Metcalf, author of "Indelible".

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
Here it is! INDELIBLE, Book One of the Twixt! I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have darkly beautiful covers for both of my books, but this one is something special. The genius artist is Mario Sánchez Nevado and his work is View Full →Read More
Deathwalking CD cover artwork

Deathwalking

I have to say with great satisfaction that to have been Mario's client has been (and still is!) a big wise move - I feel so thankful, and this feeling goes beyond the admiration I feel for his talent and his generosity while avoiding to save efforts, which is a plus that makes of his pieces true works of art that go further than your expectations, so my biggest respect for Mario, an artist with capital letters, of great imagination and with a humble, meticulous energy.  View project #1 | View project #2.

Michel Sult. Guitarist of Deathwalking.

2014-08-09T15:53:50+00:00

Michel Sult. Guitarist of Deathwalking.

Deathwalking CD cover artwork
I have to say with great satisfaction that to have been Mario’s client has been (and still is!) a big wise move – I feel so thankful, and this feeling goes beyond the admiration I feel for his talent and View Full →Read More
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Uno de los Nuestros

For me, he's one of the best digital artists of the moment, although his talent goes beyond the merely digital as we will discover later. I could talk a lot about his opus and the several sensations it awakes, but I prefer for you to enjoy his work and to read his words, that will demonstrate us that, apart from being a great creative, he's an artist who has clear ideas and big reasonings. View original (Spanish).

Jose vs Enkil, Editor in Chief of Uno de los Nuestros.

2014-08-09T16:02:47+00:00

Jose vs Enkil, Editor in Chief of Uno de los Nuestros.

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For me, he’s one of the best digital artists of the moment, although his talent goes beyond the merely digital as we will discover later. I could talk a lot about his opus and the several sensations it awakes, but View Full →Read More
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Espacio Pático

Discovering the artist from Murcia Mario Sánchez Nevado has been a total disclosure: for his enormous working capacity, his creativity, the control over his projects and his overwhelming energy. Illustrator, independent art director and photographer, is better known under the pseudonym "Aégis". You can perceive in all of his projects a special passion and dedication to what he does, specially while illustrating CD albums, a passion brought since his childhood, to which he currently spends most of his time. His work is definited from the irony, the grotesque, the surrealism and the fantasy. A world that easily conquers the viewer, who is unable to stay indifferent. View original (Spanish).

Mamen, Editor in Chief of Espacio Pático.

2014-08-09T15:57:24+00:00

Mamen, Editor in Chief of Espacio Pático.

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Discovering the artist from Murcia Mario Sánchez Nevado has been a total disclosure: for his enormous working capacity, his creativity, the control over his projects and his overwhelming energy. Illustrator, independent art director and photographer, is better known under the View Full →Read More
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Brain Storm Override

He's one of the national multidisciplinary artists I admire the most, not only for keeping a tremendous level in several fields, like illustration, poetry or music, but also for his style, that soaks everything (...) I have always been attracted by surrealism, but Mario's work get its top peak when it gets entwined with the obscure, the fantasy and the expressionism. He creates a world of dreams that surrounds us and that makes us participants of the images; he makes us feel, as viewers, the same as he when creating his artworks. View original (Spanish).

Jose Mª Picón, Editor in Brain Storm Override.

2014-08-09T16:00:09+00:00

Jose Mª Picón, Editor in Brain Storm Override.

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He’s one of the national multidisciplinary artists I admire the most, not only for keeping a tremendous level in several fields, like illustration, poetry or music, but also for his style, that soaks everything (…) I have always been attracted View Full →Read More
Ashent: Flaws of Elation CD cover artwork by Mario S. Nevado

Power of Metal

A beautifully well-crafted artwork has always been the first thing to catch the attention of my eyes and seduced my mind. It’s one of the first and most important impressions to me of a new act, which either strengthens my curiosity to begin digging in the holy ground of the band and unveil what treasure of music lies hidden beneath it or just to let it stay buried forever. There is no exception to that rule with my latest acquaintance, the prog metal act called Ashent. The artwork created by Mario Sanchez Nevado is a haunting and stunning piece of art, and so I began digging…after many hours of hard work with sweat in my ear channels, a small polished prog pearl had revealed itself. View original.

Tommy Skøtt, Editor of The Power of Metal Magazine

2014-08-09T15:55:47+00:00

Tommy Skøtt, Editor of The Power of Metal Magazine

Ashent: Flaws of Elation CD cover artwork by Mario S. Nevado
A beautifully well-crafted artwork has always been the first thing to catch the attention of my eyes and seduced my mind. It’s one of the first and most important impressions to me of a new act, which either strengthens my View Full →Read More
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deviantArt

Mario S. Nevado is a dynamic illustrator and Art Director based in Spain. With a solid style, his conceptual work creates an emotional impact on his viewer with pieces that are both personal and political. His striking collection is deeply woven with bold narratives that drive each image. Part magical storyteller and part sober messenger of society’s ills, Mario’s work begs deeper consideration of the world around us. [View original.]

Shyree. deviantArt Social Media Manager.

2014-07-31T16:10:06+00:00

Shyree. deviantArt Social Media Manager.

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Mario S. Nevado is a dynamic illustrator and Art Director based in Spain. With a solid style, his conceptual work creates an emotional impact on his viewer with pieces that are both personal and political. His striking collection is deeply View Full →Read More
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Hysterical Minds

That Mario's art is magical and special is something unnecesary to mention, since I would need hours to get slightly close to describe the feelings that can be produced of its watching, so who has eyes will see... but there are things that cannot be appreciated without having been working with him.From my experience with Mario as Creative Director, Production Manager, Graphic Designer and art producer I can say that his name means "success on the product" and "well done and professional job", always accompanied by a caudal of energy that will be transmitted to their working partners and with the stamp of his torrential personality, that makes of his mark something unique, and of the experience of working with him, something delightful.

Martín de Diego Sádaba, CEO of Hysterical Minds Collective.

2014-07-31T16:10:41+00:00

Martín de Diego Sádaba, CEO of Hysterical Minds Collective.

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That Mario’s art is magical and special is something unnecesary to mention, since I would need hours to get slightly close to describe the feelings that can be produced of its watching, so who has eyes will see… but there View Full →Read More
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