Flavia Ălvarez-Pedrosa (Oviedo, 1987) stands behind the hyperactive cartoonist known as Flavita Banana. After paying her dues, studying Art and Illustration at Barcelonaâs Escola Massana, followed by the obligatory waitressing gigs and having done her utmost to fool herself, she decided to start drawing what she truly wanted to draw and threw herself into the task. Her work has been described as Sad Humour: a combination of cynicism and self-deprecation focussing on romantic relationships, the addiction to social media and the absurdity of existence.
She publishes daily on social media without rhyme or reason, weekly inÂ El PaĂsâ fashion supplementÂ S ModaÂ and monthly in the magazineÂ JotDown. Having contributed the illustrations for the non-fiction workÂ CurvyÂ (Lumen, 2016), and publishing her first book as an author,Â Las cosas del quererÂ (Lumen, 2017), her following published work are Archivos estelaresÂ (Astiberri, 2017), Archivos CĂłsmicos (Astiberri, 2019) and Archivos espaeciales (Astiberri, 2020).
Â» Winner of the International Humor Prize Gat Perich 2018.
Previous winners include Marjane Satrapi, Georges Wolinski or Plantu.
Â«Flavia Ălvarez uses humour to laugh in the face of well-worn clichĂ©s and injustice. Her Instagram account (which has now gathered over 140,000 followers) is chock-full of witty strips. Whatâs the secret? Youâd be hard pressed not to identify with many of them.Â» Sandra Arbat,Â La Vanguardia
Â«Iâm not sure if Flavita is of English origin or if borders mean nothing to her, whether or not Poe is an idol of hers or if she fell into a cauldron of disenchantment as a baby, but what I do know is that she is able to pack a sarcasm, black wit and irony of the most tragic and Northern variety, targeting the Spanish (or rather human) species, into a seemingly easy, effortless drawing style.Â» Mar Busquets â Mateix, Todo Literatura
Â«She thinks carefully before settling on dialogue that packs a punch (or draws a miraculous smile), then illustrates it in a lively, no-holds barred style.Â» Time Out Barcelona
The Stuff of Love / Lumen -Penguin Random House-, 2017 / Lumen, 2021
SpĂŠcial files | Astiberri, 2020
Cosmic Files / Astiberri, 2019
Star Files / Astiberri, 2017