Artist Feature - Ivan Barrera May 17 2023

Meet the artists

This month we are highlighting Ivan Barrera, the animation artist turned children’s book illustrator with a passion for storytelling!

Growing up in Colombia, Ivan has always enjoyed creating. When he was little he played with clay which sparked his interest in visual arts and storytelling. He later went on to study graphic design where he fell in love with illustration! 

From there he mainly worked in animation and other publications until one project changed his career path:

“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in several illustrated projects throughout my career and each of them holds a special place in my heart. However, among all these projects, there is one that stands out as the most important one so far: It is my first illustrated children's book: 'Whoever Heard of a Flying Bird?' This project takes on great relevance for me, as it marked a significant change in my career. Coming from the field of art for animation and other publications, this unique and valuable experience led me towards my main focus in children's book illustration.”

Since this project, Ivan has focused his career on children’s book illustration. He believes it is a great way to use his talents to impact and motivate young readers. 

“My main goal is to inspire, help, and motivate through my work, and this particular book conveys a powerful message about perseverance and the importance of not giving up.”

Now that Ivan has worked on multiple children’s books, his goal would is to write one of his own! He is currently working on writing his first children’s book saying:

“Lately, I have been immersed in creating a dummy for my Picture book, with the intention of presenting it to various publishers through Advocate. This work represents my vision on a subject that inspires me deeply, and my goal is to make this story impact all readers, regardless of their age. I dream of seeing it become my first book as an author and illustrator, and to be able to share my creativity and message with the world.”

We at Advocate are happy to help Ivan reach his goals and share his creative message with the world! The agents work closely with him to be supportive in any way they can.

“The agents at Advocate have been attentive and always ready to assist whenever I have inquiries. I feel great support in my work thanks to them, and their backing has been crucial in keeping me visible to different publishers. Having their trust is vital for me to fully concentrate on the creative process, continue exploring new ideas, and constantly improve as an artist.”

It’s always wonderful to have an illustrator's trust and we trust in his creative process right back! We are here to support our illustrators’ dreams and can’t wait to be beside Ivan as he continues to reach for his!

Interested in seeing more? Click HERE to see Ivan's full portfolio!


Awards/Nominations:

- Talento Joven Colombia Doméstika, 2020 (selection of 150 young creatives)

- Exhibition Ashfield Sound Bites, 2019 (Sydney Australia - Inner West Council )

- Energía Latina: The Best Latin American illustrations, 2017 (made by the University of Palermo Argentina)

-Imagen Palabra, 2015 (Special Recognition, The University of Jorge Tadeo Lozano)


Advocate Art illustration agency specializes in art licensing and children’s book illustrations. Based in London, Seville, New York, L.A., and Singapore, we represent leading illustrators who produce children's and decorative work to commission or license.