I'm Maribel Castells

an illustrator who writes based in Mallorca, Spain.​

I grew up in a tiny village in Mallorca close to the mountains, surrounded by holm oak forests and open meadows.

When I was a child, I spent most of the time exploring the countryside, building things, drawing and reading all sorts of books. 

About me illustration Maribel Castells

Later, I attended Escola Massana in Barcelona and Escola Superior de Disseny in Palma, and graduated in Graphic Design and Illustration.

After 15+ years of working for others, I started freelancing in 2017.


I want to help children enjoy their journey of discovery through the world and letting them imagine, create, and be whoever they want, straight out of their unique visions. Making them feel they’re inside the story, but even more important: Inspiring them to create theirs.


A FEW things about me...

I was born in the 80s! I am greatly inspired by past decades: music, movies, pop culture, food, history, places…

I’m a mother to a 7 year-old boy with a passion for chocolate, Jurassic Park and Vintage children’s books, just like me.

My Myers-Briggs Personality Type is INTJ, Architect: I’m introverted, intuitive, thinking and judging.

... and about my work.

My art has been described as bold, quirky, with geometric, vintage vibes & unexpected color palettes.

Joy, Simple Life, Identity and Sense of Belonging are the themes I feel close to, and also the invisible dots connecting my ideas. My creative voice is somewhere between folk imagery and cut paper aesthetic language.


Press | Premsa


  • ARA BALEARS.CAT (25/04/2022): ‘Anem a caçar mòpies’, de Maria Magdalena Amengual Caldés, amb il·lustracions de Maribel Castells, va ser la publicació infantil preferida de les famílies’ [Link]
  • ARA BALEARS.CAT (19/04/2022). Encalentint motors per Sant Jordi [Link]
  • ULTIMA HORA (25/04/2022). Este ha sido el libro más vendido en Sant Jordi en Palma. [Link]
  • EUROPAPRESS.ES (25/04/2022) [Link]
  • MALLORCADIARIO.COM (25/04/2022). ¿Qué libro fue el más vendido en Palma por Sant Jordi?  [Link]
  • DBALEARS.CAT (25/04/2022). Els llibres més venuts de Sant Jordi 2022 a Palma. [Link]
  • OKDIARIO.COM (25/04/2022). Las obras más vendidas en Palma el Día del Libro. [Link]
  • RÀDIO SA POBLA (21/04/2022). Entrevista a Maria Magdalena Amengual i Maribel Castells. [Link]
  • «TÉNTOL», IB3 RÀDIO (21/04/2022). Avui a les 15 hores a  Téntol IB3 Ràdio parlam del nou llibre infantil ‘Anem a caçar mòpies’ amb l’autora Maria Magdalena Amengual i la il·lustradora Maribel Castells. [Link]
  • ALCÚDIA RADIO (22/04/2022). Entrevista a Maria Magdalena Amengual i Maribel Castells.[Link]