Juan Hernaz is an illustrator (Fine Arts degree, Universtity of Salamanca), born and based in Gijón (Spain).
He understands his work as a dialogue between images and words, able to create atmospheres rich in nuances and concepts, trying to establish bridges between the text interpretation and the image creation from his personal imaginary, and always considering both as complementary languages.
He developes illustrations for theater scenographies, posters, advertising, packaging, annual reports and, specially, children’s books.
Nowadays working with local, national an international clients: from publishing houses to Banks, art galleries, City Councils, associations, entrepreneurs and independent professionals, media agencies… and also collaborating in international projects and exhibitions.
Between 1998 and 2005 he was consecutively awarded in the Annual Youth Art Contest – Illustration of Castilla y León. In 2013 he received the Performing Arts of Asturias – Oh! Award to the Best Set Design for his work in Nora; an award that he received again in 2015 in the category of Best Costume and Characterization for his work in the creation of the characters for Llumeru, theatre plays produced by Factoría Norte Theatre Company. In 2014 he was awarded by Arjowiggins-Torraspapel in the national contest IV Igloo Festival for his work in the catalogs of UP Gijón; in the 2015 and 2016 editions of this contest he obtains three Mentions of Honour of the jury who recognizes his work in the books of the 3rd and 4th Story Contest about the Environment and the advertising stuff created for the 5th.
The Gübretaş Corporate Annual Report 2013, project developed by Graffiti Studio (Istanbul) and with the work of Juan Hernaz as illustrator, obtained in 2014 the Gold Medal at the XXVIII International ARC Awards (MerComm) and at the 2013 Vision Awards (LACP USA) as well as the prestigious Golden Stevie® Award (The International Business Awards) for the best European annual report. The 2014 edition of the annual report, illustrated for the same company, was awarded with the Silver Medal in the 2014 Vision Awards and with the Grand Award Winner, Best of Turkey, in the XXIX International ARC Awards.