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Javier Dura
Javier Dura
Javier Durá, currently a resident of Seville, Spain, has spent his life straddling an ocean between two worlds.  Born in Chico, California, Dura spent his formative years in Seville with long periods spent in Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas pursuing a musical career. He is now straddling a different kind of divide, focusing his creative energies on book illustration. In his first picture book in collaboration with his mother, Natividad Osa, Javier has developed a series of charming and idiosyncratic characters bursting with life that make their first appearance in "Billy the Pig, the Stinkiest Cowboy in Town", Stinky Press, 2009. The mother and son team produced in 2011 their second picture book, “Grandma’s Lost Her Head”. Durá’s illustrations are truly stage sets, substantial, dimensional, full of colour, pattern and texture, the illustrations resonate, matching the narrative with humour and imagination. Soon to hit the stores, is their latest effort, "The Last Orchard" (May 2013), which is set to become a classic. 
 
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