Javier Jaén was born the same year Joan Miró died, TIME magazine chose the computer as the machine of the year, and the A-Team was broadcast for the first time. He shares his birthday with Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Julio Iglesias and the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus. He studied Graphic Design and Fine Arts in Barcelona, New York and Budapest. His professional career has focused on graphic design, editorial illustration, audiovisual projects, advertising, cultural communication, teaching and creating his own work. He has worked for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, La Vanguardia, El País, Random House Mondadori, Planeta, Vueling Airlines, Unesco and Greenpeace. His work has been awarded several prizes: American Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Print Magazine-New Visual Artists (2013), Gràffica Award (2010), The Society of Publication Designers (Gold 2018), Feroz Awards (2022) and Society for News Design (2022). He has participated in exhibitions in New York, London, Mexico, El Salvador, Tallinn, Seoul, Rotterdam, Paris and Rome. In 2022, he will present his first retrospective exhibition as part of the Ja! festival.

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