Pepa Prieto renders highly adorable character studies. The artist favors a sunny look and a somewhat surreal composition style with a frequently geometric motif. Her works are often mixed media, but at times she paints wooden panels or skillfully illustrates with ink on paper. The works use simple lines and dynamic compositions to engage the viewer, playing on nostalgia. Prieto’s works are reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are, with monstrous creatures journeying in boats, often presenting an allegorical message.
Pepa Prieto is a Spanish artist, now based in New York City. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Complutense in Madrid, Spain. She went on to receive her degree in Mixed Media from the prestigious Central St. Martin’s School of Art in London, UK. Since graduating, she has been commissioned by Element Skateboards, Pony, MTV and Glamour magazine.