This year, the Festival presents the work of illustrator Vicente B. Ballestar (1929-2014), one of the creators of the dark pulp and realistic supernatural genres which rocketed him to fame with the covers of Ghosthunter John Sinclair, the western G. F. Unger and the world of Professor Zamorra, pulp magazines from the decades of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
The exhibition consists of 45 original gouache illustrations that the artist had stored in the attic of his home for over 30 years. The artist’s images combine the everyday reality of the times with the supernatural world of human beings, monsters and machines with a style that’s characterized by dynamic movement, chiaroscuros, facial expressions and ambiences in dangerous, mysterious settings.
Ballestar depicts this dark, evil universe in his covers, and his drawings are dramatic and theatrical illustrations of heroes that transport viewers directly to the world of the imaginary. With his interpretation of light, Ballestar creates loud pop aesthetics with a sinister darkness that had only been found previously in the legendary movies by Roger Corman, based on Edgar Allan Poe stories and starring Vincent Price, where horror met up with Technicolor.