Martin Leon Barreto Biography

Martin Leon Barreto, 1973 / Montevideo, Uruguay.
I have studied industrial design and I also have completed studies in photography, engraving, traditional and stop-motion animation.
In Montevideo I started and took part of the graphic design studio “Forma”
In 2002, I decided to move to Madrid / Spain, to further my studies in traditional animation. I did it in the School of Film Studies of the Community of Madrid (Ecam).
Today I have been working as freelance, graphic designer and illustrator.
I have specialized in graphic and illustration for kid’s products and books.
I use to work for some important publishers (Santillana, Pearson, Bruño, Edelvives), developing children’s school books collections, designing covers and creating characters.
Also, I have collaborated whit different Journals and magazines (Mate Amargo, Casquivana magazine, Diagonal newspaper, Ethic magazine, bizzarre magazine, Apocrifa magazine, etc.
In 2011, I published my first illustrated children’s book, “El camino de Olaj”. (Kalandraka Publisher). It was awarded whit the “International Compostella award”.
Afterwards, it was included in the “White Ravens Catalogue 2012”.
A selection of newly published books from around the world (International Youth Library / Munich, Germany)
Since that, I’ve dedicated myself more intensely to illustration.
Recently, I have been selected to take part of the Iberoamerican catalogue of illustration. (Published by El ilustradero and SM)