Monday, November 29

The UA delivers this Thursday the Notary Prize for Humor to the cartoonist David Vela Cervera

David Vela Cervera, Notary of Humor 2021

The illustrator and graphic humorist David Vela Cervera will receive tomorrow Thursday, November 11, the Notary Humor Award delivered by the University of Alicante and the Association of cartoonists FECO, as part of their annual program of the Sample of Social Humor.

The delivery ceremony will take place in the Aifos Room on the Campus (Philosophy and Letters III Building), at 13 o’clocks, place where the sample of this XXI edition is exhibited, dedicated to gender equality with the title «So much mount, mount so much, Amparín as Ricardo». The Exhibition takes as a guiding thread the reflection on gender equality and has representation of graphic comedians from Spain, Cuba, Colombia, Argentina, Indonesia, Cyprus, France, Germany and Belgium, as detailed by the exhibition’s curator, the cartoonist Enrique Pérez. Fifty creations are exhibited.

David Vela

He is an illustrator and graphic humorist born in Zaragoza in 1967. Freelance illustrator, alternates editorial tasks with the facet of graphic humorist. He has also devoted his time to artistic and literary research. His illustrations have a pictorial character, always made with the gouache technique and renouncing the line; with a unique style, between naive and black humor. As a comedian he has specialized in the genre of cartoon, the humorous cartoon without words, participating annually in the most prominent national and international competitions; a facet in which to date it has obtained more than forty awards – prizes and honorable mentions – in competitions in countries such as Portugal, Italy, China, Brazil, Iran, Serbia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Bulgaria. Among the most notable awards are his two awards in the prestigious World Press Cartoon (second prize in 2012 and third in 2014), or in the Portocartoon World Festival (second prize in 2005 and third in 2019 and 2020). In Spain, he won, among others, the Lorenzo Goñi Iberian Prize for Graphic Humor in 2013 (he was second in 2019), the first prize at the Tenerife International Biennial (2010) or the first Prize at the Curuxa Gráfica of the Fene Museum of Humor. (2003). What’s more It has been selected for more than 150 exhibitions of graphic humor around the world.

He has been a member of FECO Spain (the association of Spanish graphic humorists) since 2000, participating to date in all its annual exhibitions of Social Humor, organized in collaboration with the University of Alicante. As an illustrator many of his books also have humor as a fundamental ingredient; This is the case of his drawings for the collection of macabre tales by Fernando Mircala In the dark snow (2021) or volumes Bestiary of herdsmen (2007) and Nymphs and skulls (2013) which he dedicated to Ramón Gómez de la Serna; writer who was also the subject of his monographic exhibition “The dead and the dead” organized by the Graphic Humor program of the General University of Alcalá Foundation in 2008 and presented in Alicante, Alcalá and Sigüenza. More recently, he participated in the great collective exhibition “Humor Absurdo. A constellation of nonsense in Spain ”(2020).

He is a regular collaborator of the theater group Pupiriteros de Binéfar, for which he has made posters, figurines, decorative elements and props, as well as books Jolgorio del Bueno (2015), In the mouth of the wolf (2019) the Christmas altarpiece (2020). With a self-taught artistic training, he studied Spanish Philology at the University of Zaragoza, where he received his doctorate in 1996 with an investigation on the Madrid draftsman and writer Salvador Bartolozzi (1882-1950), the origin of his fascination with the work of illustrators. and Spanish comedians of the first third of the 20th century. He has published numerous articles on the aforementioned author, creator of classic characters such as the Spanish Pinocchio or Pipo y Pipa, and a key figure in the history of puppets in our country. More recent is his monograph on the Andalusian cartoonist Romero Calvet, Rafael Romero Calvet. Illustrations and tales of madness and death (2017). His latest ongoing project is the exhibition “Poetics of Silence” a collection of illustrations inspired by the emblematic literature of the Golden Age. An itinerant exhibition, soon to be published as a book, which was presented in April 2021 at the Sala Alameda de Soria.

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