Raquel Casilda grew up with a pencil glued to her hand. She is an international artist and illustrator specialised in portrait, fashion and lifestyle. She also creates surface designs and seamless patterns from her studio in London.
Flowing, decorative and feminine, her illustrative style features detailed and delicate images with vibrant colour palettes as well as vigorous lines. All the elements in Raquel’s work are drawn by hand, but they are often montaged together using a computer. There are organic lines and intertwining elements in her work to draw the viewer in.
After gaining her BA honours in Fine Art (Complutense University of Madrid) and MFA in Visual Art Education (Autonoma University of Madrid), she has participated in exhibitions in Spain, London (UK), Caracas (Venezuela), La Habana (Cuba), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Porto (Portugal) and Bucaramanga (Colombia).
She was a member of the group of artists ‘Las Faranduleras de la Trasera’, Madrid (2009-2010). This group was dedicated to researching artistic processes as art exhibitions occurring at museums and galleries in order to share and promote such processes and initiatives at universities. Being part of this group allowed Raquel to collaborate with contemporary art centres such as ‘Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo’ and ‘Matadero Madrid’. The documentation of this collective project was compiled and transformed into a creative exhibition and a series of public talks at UCM Gallery.
I believe that life is about a fluid and harmonious dancing between elements that coexist together.
From early childhood, I’ve been fascinated by the mystery and beauty of life and started to analyse the natural world around me.
Both the Oriental Naturalistic Philosophy and Organic and Biophilic Design influence my work.
Working mostly with watercolour, ink & pencil on paper, I see my personal work as a visual journal that reflects my thoughts and experiences and as a tool to promote what I love rather than bashing what I hate.