Javier Medellin Puyou a.k.a Jilipollo is an illustrator based in Mexico. His style is somewhat reminiscent of 50s pop art; infusing bright and contrasting colours into his work and taking inspiration from contemporary society but Jilipollo’s illustrations take on a much more distinctive vintage hue…
Jilipollo has worked under many aliases in his life, including ‘Big Polla’ and ‘Pimp Pollo’ when he used to DJ. Now he goes by the name Jilipollo and although he is a trained architect, it is the path of illustration that has captured the artist.
His work draws from Japanese and Mexican pop culture and also 70s vintage stylings. It is this fusion of inspirations which gives his illustrations such an individual look and feel. Predominantly utilising watercolour and ink, his art mostly revolves around women as their central subject, looking at their different moods and expressions. His pieces range in theme from fashion to the excess use of social media in society and he has even designed illustrations based upon the newest film of The Great Gatsby.
Creating illustrations for clients in advertising (like Coca-Cola), editorial and fashion, Jilipollo has experimented with diverse mediums, now selling not only prints of his illustrations but t-shirts, duvets and iPhone cases displaying his characteristic work.
Drawing from contemporary subjects, Jilipollo’s creations are vibrant, intriguing and hopefully he will continue to develop these subjects into these visual masterpieces.
All images © Javier Medellin Puyou a.k.a. Jilipollo