Gil Formosa is a French comic book artist, and also well-known as an illustrator and character designer. He began his career in comics at the age of 18, working for René Goscinny at the art studio of the publishing house Dargaud. He was an assistant to Morris, and dealt with the merchandising artwork related to the 'Lucky Luke' animation series. In 1977, he created four short comic stories for Pilote. He also created the heroic fantasy series 'Légendes du Chevalier Cargal' with scripts by Daniel Pecqueur for this magazine between 1982 and 1989.
During the 1990s, Formosa was mainly active in the fields of advertising and animation, and limited his comics work to commissions. He made two humour books starring Tex Avery characters for Glénat, did a 'Conan' cover for Marvel and made several covers and illustrations for Semic. He provided artwork for advertising campaigns of Loïs jeans and the pasta brand Lustucru. He designed film posters, produced the animated video clips of Daddy DJ and did the character designs for TV series like 'Totally Spies'.
He returned to comics with the steampunk series 'Robur', that was written by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier and published by Albin Michel between 2003 and 2005. For Dargaud, he started the adventure seires 'Double Gauche' with Eric Corbeyran in 2006, as well as his solo aviation series 'Bowen' in 2011. Formosa participated in collective projects like 'Les véritables légendes urbaines' by Corbeyran and Rémi Guérin (Dargaud, 2007) and 'Patrouilles aériennes acrobatiques' by Franck Coste (Idées+, 2011), and provided background art to the Gérard Pirès film 'Double Zéro', that was released in 2004. He is also a highly productive cover illustrator for sci-fi and heroic fantasy novels.