Emilio Urberuaga was born in Madrid in 1954. He began working in the world of illustration in 1982, and is the creator of the drawings for Manolito Gafotas, the character conceived by Elvira Lindo. He has illustrated all the books in the series, as well as other works by the same writer. Throughout his career he has also worked in other fields of the plastic arts, such as graphic design, etching and printmaking. His creations can be seen in the Print Department of the Spanish National Library, the Juan March Foundation, the Castillo de Larres Drawing Museum and the Millennium Museum in Sofía (Bulgaria), among others. Urberuaga is also the only Spanish illustrator whose work is featured in the Chihiro Art Museum in Tokyo.