Ricardo Cavolo has earned international acclaim in recent years for his vivid, mind-altering illustrations and murals. The Salamanca-born, Barcelona-based artist's work often draws from traditional folk art and folklore, while maintaining a distinct and otherworldly approach to the portraiture and the human form.
Earlier this year, Cavolo designed the cover for Kaytranada's debut studio album 99.9%, and in September, he shared a musical diary of his own entitled 101 Artists To Listen To before You Die. The book combines original illustrations with clever descriptions and features a wide range of artists from Kanye West to Johnny Cash.
"This is not a list of the best bands in history," Cavalo explained to The FADER over email. "I chose the 101 artists I listen to the most, and then you can figure who I am. I explain why I listen to each artist, when, and what I feel when I’m listening it. It is the original soundtrack of my life in some ways."
The illustrated descriptions that accompany each portrait provide a further window into Cavolo's personal connection to their music, and, as he says, "you won’t find Wikipedia information." He continued, "It is pretty much a personal diary of how I feel the music. This is important to me, because I’ve been listening to music since I was born, and most hours each day. So it is a big deal for me."