Noemí Villamuza

Noemí Villamuza, born in Palencia in 1971, keen drawer and fan of taking the wrong turning in her studies, is the eldest of four sisters.

She graduated in Fine Arts from Salamanca University, where she discovered the professional path of drawing – illustrations.

Having tirelessly illustrated a number of textbooks there, she completed her first story, Oscar y el león de Correos, published by Anaya in 1998 and awarded the premio Nacional de Literatura Infantil 1999; a book which is still very successful and continues to be a reference point in her career. She left to live in Barcelona, where she still lives, in 1998, where she really began her publishing career.
To the present she has published more than 30 titles of children’s and young people’s literature.

In 2002 she began to combine illustration and teaching, firstly as a professor of Experimental Illustration in the Escuela Superior de Diseño BAU, and, for the last 6 years, giving postgraduate classes in Book Illustration in the Massana School.

In 2002 she was a finalist in the National Illustration Prize for her work on the book, De verdad que no podía, published by Kókinos. One of her most appreciated and written about works has been Libro de Nanas, published by Mediavaca in 2004, a work with which she managed to open up a new graphic language and develop her pencil work in black and white.

Also standing out in this direction is El festín de Babette, in Nórdica Books (2006), awarded the Premio Junceda for the best-illustrated book for adults in 2007.