Mentiradeloro (Esther Cuesta de la Mata, 1987) began her career as an illustrator in 2010, sometime after finishing her degree in Plastic Arts, Graphic Design and Illustration in Segovia (Spain).
In her early years as an artist, her pictorial work was essentially autobiographical, being her main aim to capture her feelings, concerns and her peculiar way of understanding and conceiving the world.
Currently, apart from being focused on the development of her own universe and creating countless commissioned portraits, she works as a freelance illustrator carrying out projects for clients from very different sectors and countries.
She deals with illustration from an experimental perspective, creating her works scrupulously by hand combining different techniques and materials such as watercolor, colored pencils, indian ink, graphite, coffee and tattoo ink among others. She complements this process with digital tools once the illustration is finished and scanned. She is passionate about experimenting, mixing and discovering new combinations.
She received commissions from the award-winning video game publisher Bethesda Softworks LLC, the prestigious creator of series such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. She has made illustrations for a for a well-known museum in North Carolina (USA), a renowned wildlife documentaries producer and she has worked for different publishers, advertising agencies and both Spanish and international companies (she had the creative position in one of these companies for 5 years). Her illustrations have been used in packaging designs and she has also illustrated several music album and magazine covers and accepted commissions from different public institutions.
Although she has her own characteristic and easily recognizable voice and style, she is also a versatile artist capable of adapting to the demands of each assignment.
Awards and recognition
2023. Folio Book Illustration Award
Finalist, organized by The Folio Society (UK)
2023. Art@Climate2030 competition
Finalist, organized by Cool Color (Sweden)
2021. IV edition of Contemporary Artistic Creation Scholarships
Finalist, organized by Fundación Castilla y León (Spain)
2016. One of the 100 Spanish illustrators you should know
Named by Notanotherfashionblog.es
2014. II International Illustration Contest
Finalist, organized by the «Grupo Tinta Viva” institution (Spain)
2010. “New Creators”, Product Design Category
Winner, organized by Fundación Caja Segovia (Spain)
Events and exhibitions
2023 – Krunch! Festival (Encuentro de creadores, cómic, ilustración y rock&roll), Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), España.
2022 – Krunch! Festival (Encuentro de creadores, cómic, ilustración y rock&roll), Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), España.
2021 – “Human landscape”, Galería de arte Zaca, La Granja (Segovia), España.
2020 – “Error 404”, Casa Joven, Segovia, España.
2019 – “Error 404”, Mercado Municipal, La Granja (Segovia), España.
2018 – «Mujer y arte» (Collective exhibition) – Casa de la cultura, La Granja (Segovia), España.
2017 – “Error 404” – Librería Intempestivos, Segovia, España.
2016 – Collective exhibition – Dabadaba, San Sebastián, España.
2016 – “Scraps of Soul Vol 7” – Cículo Saviñao, Lugo, España.
2015 – “Scraps of Soul Vol 6”- Ramacafé, Segovia, España.
2015 – Collective exhibition – La Salchichería, Salamanca, España.
2014 – “Scraps of Soul Vol 5” – Espacio Torrelodones, Madrid, España.
2014 – “Mostrando al mundo otros mundos” – Talent Lab, Barcelona, España.
2014 – Collective exhibition – Palacio de Quintanar, Segovia, España.
2014 – “Scraps of Soul Vol 4” – La Bodega del Barbero, Segovia, España.
2014 – “Scraps of Soul Vol 3” – The Suitcase, Madrid, España.
2014 – “Scraps of Soul Vol 2” – Casa Joven, Segovia, España.
2013 – “Scraps of Soul” – Mercado de la Albuera, Segovia, España.
2013 – “Mentiras de mujer” – Restaurante Azabache, Segovia, España.
2012 – Collective exhibition – Casa de la cultura, La Granja (Segovia), España.
2007 – Collective exhibition – Casa de la cultura, La Granja (Segovia), España.