Cristóbal Schmal (b. 1977 Arica, Chile) is a freelance visual artist. Coming from graphic design he worked for different studios in Barcelona for 7 years before fully shifting his focus to his passion illustration when moving to Berlin in 2008. Since then he works for different clients and media such as The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Greenpeace, Lufthansa, Taschen amongst others, switching between digital and analogue techniques.

Besides these commissions he develops free artwork. His latest collage series is inspired by his roots, tracing lines across varying ancient Andean cultures. Cristóbal explores through his practice their concept of time, life and death, reinterpreting signs and rituals of faith, forces of nature and fragility of human life.

Since October 2022 he has been teaching the online drawing course Drawing Workout where he offers a space for reflection, work and experimentation around creative processes.

Cristóbal lives and works with his family at the countryside near Frankfurt a.M.

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Selected Clients:
Greenpeace, The New York Times, National Geographic, Taschen, Lufthansa, Washington Post, LA Times, Strategy & Business, Timeout, Financial Times, Penguin Random House, Le Monde Diplomatique, Matthes & Seitz Berlin, Baku Magazine, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Droga5, Kneipp Germany, Anchor NY, and others....

︎ It's Nice That 2019(English)
︎ It's Nice That 2016 (English)
︎ It's Nice That 2013 (English)
︎Slanted (German)
︎ Inkygoodnes (English)
︎ Booooooom! (English)
︎ GrainEdit (English)
︎ EINA Ilustración (Spanish)

︎ In conversation with Julia Kleinbeck
︎ Illustrators, Illustrated (English)

Cristóbal Schmal – 2023
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