Life and Work


Internationally known for capturing the essence of the world's famous and notorious people, Ismael Roldan's caricatures have appeared in almost every major US magazine and newspaper including Time, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated, to name but a very few.

He has recently explored the realm of the animal world and has created "CARICANIMALS", a delightfully humorous collection of animals in human situtations.

Born in 1964, Roldan has been drawing caricatures since the age of 12.

A big influence in the development of his hand came with the discovery of David Levine at 14.

Levine's work taught Roldan how to exagerate while still keeping the likeness of his subjects.Later on, the french caricaturist team of Mulatier, Ricord and Morchoisne opened up his mind to using color and volume in his work.

After receiving his BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York, his interest turned to the work and draughtsmanship of Ingres, Leighton, Alma-Tadema, Bouguereau and Daumier.

Roldan believed that the eyes as well as the expression of the mouth, are the two most important features in order to capture a likeness.

Died in New york at the age of 45.