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Who is Mario Nevado?

``I think everyone has a good story to tell. I bring them to life.``

Mario Sánchez Nevado (Barcelona, 1985) is a Spanish freelance Illustrator and Art Director with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with +15 years of experience in creating amazing cover artworks for bands and publishing houses all over the world.

His distinctive surreal signature on aesthetics, and his caustic approach on storytelling, has granted him a worldwide recognition of his career, working with clients the size of Adobe, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Harlequin or Hachette. He was also one of the managers of the international artistic collective Hysterical Minds. Mario has given several lectures and workshops in London, Rome or Madrid, and has participated in Adobe’s Create Now, Photoshop Rockstars, Brief Festival or the Creative Pro Show, to name a few.  His opus has travelled the world in 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 the milestone of his career came when he participated in Adobe Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary campaign “Dream On” that was premiered on the 2015 Oscar Academy Awards and screened in Sundance, winning a Pencil D&AD Award, Three Cannes Festival Lions and an Emmy nomination.

With a solid but ever-evolving style, his striking collection is deeply woven with bold, stinging narratives, built with vibrant color palettes that lead to the atmospheres and scenery of the dream-like environments present in his body of work. Nevado’s message revolves about the epic and emotional interpretation of everyday life, where irony is recurrent and leads to a 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.

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Who is Mario Nevado?

``I think everyone has a good story to tell. I bring them to life.``

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, who creates artworks and designs for music bands and publishing houses worldwide

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, Brief Festival or the Creative Pro Show, to name a few.  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 screened in Sundance, winning 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.

My Style

Epic Emotional Art

From surreal landscapes, to gothic portraiture, my style revolves about the emotional response of individuals surrounded by a context dominated by shallowness. My key ingredients: Surrealism and automatic writing, a bit of fantasy and the correct amount of darkness, but always with a burst of color and drama.

My Mediums

It's mostly digital, but...

All the illustrations you see on this website come with a solid style after decades of experimentation with different mediums. This mix is called ``matte painting``: a mixture of photo manipulation, digital painting, and 3D. I try to shoot myself most of my resources, and the crazy textures you see in every other artwork, are hand painted by me.

My Expertise

Creating timeless cover artworks

All these ingredients are put on the blender to offer you what I do best: Covers. I have been working as a cover artist for 15 years, designing full albums, merch and stage elements for bands all over the world. I also create covers for books and will gladly spend my time in designing eye-catching posters for films. I feel comfortable working in other fields, but these three comprise my main areas of expertise.

Notable Achievements

Awards

Emmy Awards 2015 Nominee
Outstanding Commercial for ``Dream On`` by GoodbySilverstein & Partners (2015, credited artist).
Three Cannes Lions
Silver (Best Animation, Best Film) and Cyber Gold (Social Media) for ``Dream On`` by GoodbySilverstein & Partners (2015, credited artist).
Pencil D&AD
Graphite on Film Advertising - TV Commercial for ``Dream On`` by GoodbySilverstein & Partners (2015, credited artist).
Digital Arts California
Gold Stellar Award on Wide Open Digital for ``Deliberation`` (2014, Art Director).
Two Exposé Master Awards
Best in Surreal for ``Deliberation`` (2013, Art Director). Best in Whimsical for ``Discovery`` (2012, Art Director).

Exhibitions

Digital Dreams: Masterpieces of Computer Graphics
2017. Russia. Collective. Itinerant through St. Peterburg's Art Bank, Nuzin Exhibition Hall, Krasnodar Showroom and Togliaty Art Musem.
Sick Tales: 10 years of Mario Nevado
2016. La Massana Còmic Museum (Andorra). Solo retrospective.
Creatives Rising
2013. Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum. New York City. Collective. Artworks projected on the museums exterior walls. Curated by See Me.
Art Takes Times Square
2012. Times Square (NYC). Curated by Artists Wanted.
V Parallax Art Fair
2012. Chelsea Old Town Hall (London). Collective with Hysterical Minds. Curated by Mario Nevado & Martín de Diego.

Lectures

Photoshop Rockstars
``Based on true events: How I became a Photoshop Rockstar``. Itinerant through Spain. Adobe events. 2015-17.
Adobe’s Make It Layered, Make It Yours
``Advanced Composition with Mario Nevado``, ``Make Yourself Happen`` and ``CC Assets Lab``. Creative Cloud Events. 2016.
Brief Festival
``Vertiginous compositions on the go`` for Microsoft & ``Behance Portfolio Review``. La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain). 2015.
VII Creative Pro Show
``Extreme Digital Imaging with Mario Nevado``. Aurelia Hotel (Rome). 2014.
I Symposium of Art & Psychology
``Reflections of the awaken subconscious``, ``Keys to a contemporary painter`` and ``Art and Madness``. UDIMA University (Madrid, Spain). 2013.

"His talent goes beyond digital art. "


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.

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

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

"His talent goes beyond digital art. " 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).

"Nevado's art illuminates your inner life."


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.
The Shadow Eater by A.A. Attanasio cover artwork

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

Mario Nevado Art
2014-08-09T15:52:25+02:00

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

The Shadow Eater by A.A. Attanasio cover artwork
"Nevado's art illuminates your inner life." 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.

"His artworks go further than your expectations."


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.
Deathwalking CD cover artwork

Michel Sult. Guitarist of Deathwalking.

Mario Nevado Art
2014-08-09T15:53:50+02:00

Michel Sult. Guitarist of Deathwalking.

Deathwalking CD cover artwork
"His artworks go further than your expectations." 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.

"His name means professional job."


xThat 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.

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2014-07-31T16:10:41+02:00

Martín de Diego Sádaba, CEO of Hysterical Minds Collective.

"His name means professional job." xThat 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.

"Mario’s work begs deeper consideration of the world around us."


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.

Mario Nevado Art
2014-07-31T16:10:06+02:00

Shyree. deviantArt Social Media Manager.

"Mario’s work begs deeper consideration of the world around us." 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.]

"His cover art made me dig into the music."


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. 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.
Ashent: Flaws of Elation CD cover artwork by Mario S. Nevado

Tommy Skøtt, Editor of The Power of Metal Magazine

Mario Nevado Art
2014-08-09T15:55:47+02:00

Tommy Skøtt, Editor of The Power of Metal Magazine

Ashent: Flaws of Elation CD cover artwork by Mario S. Nevado
"His cover art made me dig into the music." 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. 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.

"I can't imagine a better artist to capture a feeling."


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.
Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

Dawn Metcalf, author of "Indelible".

Mario Nevado Art
2014-07-31T16:11:12+02:00

Dawn Metcalf, author of "Indelible".

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
"I can't imagine a better artist to capture a feeling." 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.

"He makes us participants of the images."


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.

Mario Nevado Art
2014-08-09T16:00:09+02:00

Jose Mª Picón, Editor in Brain Storm Override.

"He makes us participants of the images." 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).

"Nevado's work is a total revelation."


Discovering the artist from Murcia Mario Sánchez Nevado has been a total revelation: 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.

Mario Nevado Art
2014-08-09T15:57:24+02:00

Mamen, Editor in Chief of Espacio Pático.

"Nevado's work is a total revelation." Discovering the artist from Murcia Mario Sánchez Nevado has been a total revelation: 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).

"He understood what we wanted... better than ourselves."


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.
Illuminata CD cover artwork by Mario Sanchez Nevado

Lukas Knoebl, Guitarist of Illuminata

Mario Nevado Art
2015-02-19T10:53:28+01:00

Lukas Knoebl, Guitarist of Illuminata

Illuminata CD cover artwork by Mario Sanchez Nevado
"He understood what we wanted... better than ourselves." 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.
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Let’s talk about your next album, publication or film. 

If you are looking to hire a freelance artist for your next project, don’t hesitate in reaching me for availability and quotes. My areas of expertise are editorial projects, music album packagings and film poster design – but not limited to them! I usually reply in the same day. Please, accompany your request with budget and deadline dates, if possible.

Also, if you have inquiries about my shop, my next live workshop or just have something nice to say, don’t be shy and do so! I create wicked stuff but I’m nice 🙂

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