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José Antonio Villarrubia Jiménez-Momediano (born 17 November 1961) – known professionally as José Villarrubia – is a Spanish-American artist and art teacher who has done considerable work in the American comic book industry, particularly as a colorist.

José Villarrubia
Jose Villarrrubia 2008.jpg
BornJosé Antonio Villarrubia Jiménez-Momediano
(1961-11-17) 17 November 1961 (age 57)
Madrid, Spain
NationalitySpanish, American
Area(s)Colorist, Painter, Photographer
Notable works
The Mirror of Love
Voice of the Fire
Sweet Tooth
Fantastic Four: 1234
Desolation Jones
Cuba: My Revolution



Villarrubia was born in Madrid, moved to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1980. His fine art photography has been exhibited in the U.S., Latin America and Europe, in institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Inter-American Development Bank. From 2011 to 2016 he was Chair of the Illustration Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art.[1] He has also taught at Towson University, the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Walters Art Museum. He has lectured extensively about art at Johns Hopkins University, the College Art Association, Dickinson College, the ICA in London, the Williem de Kooning Academy, the Naples Academy of Art, and the MacWorld UK Convention.[2]

In comics, Villarrubia has done digitally manipulated illustrations for Veils, Promethea and The Sentry. As a colorist he is frequent collaborator of Jae Lee (Hellshock, Fantastic Four 1234, Captain America), Bill Sienkiewicz (Sentry/Hulk, X-Men Unlimited), J.H. Williams III (Promethea, Desolation Jones), Paul Pope (Solo, Project Superior, Batman: Year 100, Wednesday Comics[3]), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Trillium), Kaare Andrews (Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One, Wolverine, Spider-Man: Reign), Ryan Sook (Spider-Man Unlimited, X-Factor The Return of Bruce Wayne) and Richard Corben (CAGE, Ghost Rider, Conan the Cimmerian, Starr). He has won the Comicdom Award for best colorist for his work on X-Factor,[4] has been nominated twice for the Eisner Award[5][6] for best colorist and has been included in The Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition.[7] He won the 2011 Harvey Award for best colorist for his work on Cuba: My Revolution.[8]

With writer Alan Moore, he has produced two illustrated books, both published by Top Shelf Productions: Voice of the Fire and The Mirror of Love. The latter is a love poem and a detailed history of homosexuality, prominently featuring famous figures in art and literature. It originally began as a part of the AARGH! Anthology in 1988. AARGH! [Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia] was a comic book protest against Britain's proposed anti-gay Section 28.[9] It was translated and published in French as Le Miroir de l'amour (November 2006), by Carabas Revolution, in Italian as Lo Specchio dell'Amore (September 2008) by Edizioni BD and in Spanish as El Espejo del amor (November 2008) by Editorial Kraken. In 2015, among other artists, José Villarrubia brought inner illustrations to the core rulebook of a role-playing game, Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of, first published in 2016 by Modiphius Entertainment.


The DVD of the documentary feature film The Mindscape of Alan Moore contains an interview with Villarubia about his collaboration with Alan Moore.


  1. ^ "Villarrubia Walks the Interdisciplinary Talk".
  2. ^ "Macworld Conference highlights". Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  3. ^ Paul Pope's Strange Adventures/"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2011-07-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Comicdom Award History". Retrieved 2009-04-11.
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  7. ^ Welland, Jonah (2002). "Marvel Art by Lee, Sienkiewicz and Villarrubia featured in Museum of Illustration". Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Cavna, Michael (2011-08-21). "BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: Your 2011 Harvey Award winners are". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ Mathews, Ed; Jonathan Ellis (2005). "The Mirror of Love: Reflections with José Villarrubia". PopImage. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-18.


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