20 Incisive Illustrations from a Spanish Artist

Rafael Alvarez is a talented illustrator of Spanish descent. A master of arts with a specialism in "illustration as visual essay," he has an impressive ability to show painfully familiar situations from a completely different angle. Often, he does this in a way that can shock you.

Brave and challenging illustrations from this artist can be found in comics and even children’s books, and he’s also done work for Playboy Magazine, American Express, Paramount Pictures, and many others. His work is also appreciated by art experts, which is why Rafael has won prestigious artistic prizes on more than one occasion.

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Rafael considers the creation of "Hotel Pandemonium" to be his most important project. This is an interactive ebook application, half of which is made up of images developed for an iPad by experts at the Institute of Visual Arts.

Hotel Pandemonium

Academic degree

Mass media for all the family

A higher education

Meticulous work

Grasping one’s muse

The dance of death

Memoirs of a Geisha

Nocturnal witness

The high point of the party

Merry Christmas!

The best age to be

An unreliable parachute

Summer in the city

After the storm


The last battle

Preview photo credit Rafael Alvarez