In my art I look most of all to make each illustration with true motivation. Feel identified with what I'm illustrating.

Is something intuitive.  I collect fragments of reality, personal or other people's stories, little moments or images of the daily life , specially from the books. Characters that inspire me to open a door to creativity.

Parallel worlds, layers in the space-time, dreams...


Also I'm really motivated by women throughout history. I started a project in 2014 called #quietresilience inspired on these women, on their intellectual and creative vision. Inspired by the lives of real women who had to fight against different elements at different times to be free and to express themselves no matter what.

I was nominated in the Young Illustration Award 2015 in Berlin with this project.


My primary technique to work is the graphite. I always discover very interesting textures and 'moods' when I use it. Is the primary tool for the ideas.

The watercolor is the inspiration by itself. It provides the most surreal, intuitive and sensory part to the work. A kind of synesthesia.

Elia Mervi

I was born in 1988 in Madrid.


I paint since I can remember.

In 2008 I began in a school of fashion design. After one year there   I discovered that my true vocation was the illustration so in 2009 I began my studies on illustration in the art school Arte 10 in Madrid.

Three years later I graduated with honors in my final project Seis Realidades Ilustradas.

Then I decided to move to Den Haag, Nederland, where I lived and worked as a freelance illustrator for two years. I collaborated worldwide with magazines and many companies as HBO.


Currently I live and work in a place very close to Lisbon, Sintra. A magical and inspiring place in the Portuguese coast.


I always feel the need to change of place, of country, to change the perspective...and so I'm always ready to move anywhere and take my studio, my work and my family with me.