Cinta Arribas studied Fine Arts in Salamanca between 2003 and 2008, and completed her studies in Kassel (Germany).
As an illustrator, she collaborates with El País, Babelia, Gràffica, Ecoenves, SINC Agencia, INJUVE, Telos Fundación Telefónica, Buy&Hold, Lexus, Fundación Josep Carreras and Google.
Some of her latest books are ¿Con qué sueñan las princesas? (Quei Vivi 2021), Play With Princesses (Whos Got My Tail, 2020), Sleeping Funny Princess (Whos Got My Tail, 2020), My Best Friend Sometimes (Power House, 2020), Los Semifusos (A fin de cuentos, 2019), La isla de los niños encontrados (Mueve tu lengua, 2018), I Hate Everyone (Pow Kids Books, 2018) o Pequeña&Grande: Gloria Fuertes, (Alba editorial 2017).
She has been selected in 2021 for the World Illustration Awards and in 2020 she received an honorable mention in the Ibero-American Illustration Catalog of the SM Foundation and the FIL of Guadalajara (Mexico) for the Campamento de verano series. She also received a Special Mention at the Ilustrarte international illustration biennial in 2018 for La Mudanza.
I draw with Chinese ink on paper, right now it is the technique with which I feel most comfortable and it helps me to give it a personal vibe that I don’t get when I draw directly in digital. Then, if the image is going to be in color, I usually work on it with Photoshop.
Louise Bourgeois, Cy Twombly, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Pablo Picasso, Bruno Munari…
I mostly listen to classical and flamenco music. Lately I’ve been listening to Bach’s Goldberg Variations on a loop. I also play Chopin, Debussy, Beni de Cádiz, Niña de la Puebla, Carmen Amaya…
All prints from Cinta Arribas
Cinta Arribas: I’m looking less and less for frills and technical prowess and to focus more on essence and concept
I came across the work of Cinta Arribas on Instagram one night, and when I showed it to my wife she ran to show me the illustration she bought from her years ago at a fair in Madrid. Her style has evolved over the years, but she still has something very personal that makes her unmistakable, and that will make you fall in love with her work from the very first minute. A few weeks ago we published her illustration ‘Family’ in La Colectiva, but we wanted to take our time to chat with her and learn more about her work and her routines.