Vicente Segrelles Sacristán is an illustrator from Barcelona, who is best-known for his painted comic epos 'El Mercenario' ('The Mercenary'). Growing up in an artistic family, he started drawing and painting at age fourteen. After many failed attempts to get his work published, he got his first assignment in 1970, illustrating a book on firearms. Through an agency, he did several cover illustrations, which resulted in a permanent relationship with the publisher AFHA. Here, he illustrated a series of books called 'Los Inventos'.
It was agent and publisher Raphael Martinéz who gave him the opportunity to create a graphic novel. This resulted in the first book of 'El Mercenario' in 1980, when the artist was already 40 years old. In 'El Mercenario', Segrelles has combined all his favorite themes - the Prehistoric, Middle Ages, technology, and aircrafts. This work was an instant success, but because of his very time-consuming technique (every panel is oil-painted), the series appears irregularly. Segrelles has established himself as one of the absolute masters of the Sword & Sorcery genre.
El Sheriff Pat
In addition to his epic series, Segrelles has made the comical series 'El Sheriff Pat' in the early 1990s. Segrelles was also the cover artist for the Italian science fiction magazine Urania from 1988 to 1991.