The revered Argentinian artist Juan Gimenez has passed away from complications of the coronavirus, it’s been reported. He was 76.
Gimenez was perhaps best known for his work on Metabarons, but he was one of the great SF comics artists, famed for his visionary, detailed machinery and beautifully rendered characters. His work is really emblematic of the European SF look is often associated with Heavy Metal magazine – and in fact he served as art director for a segment of the Heavy Metal animated film. But his career stretched far beyond that.
Born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1943, Gimenez studied art in Barcelona, Spain, and eventually moved to Spain. He became well known for his work in Italian and Spanish comics, with his breakout hit Leo Roa, before teaming with Alejandro Jorodowsky for The Metabarons in the 90s. He also worked in illustration, storyboards and concept art.
Juan Gimenez had recently traveled to Spain, which has been hard hit by CV-19, but had travelled back to Argentina, where he was hospitalized on March 22.
Comics twitter mourned the master with examples of his art.
Beautiful thing at the end of each day. Today, of course, the great Juan Giménez. RIP.
Wash your hands. pic.twitter.com/AAI8wF9AJk
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) April 3, 2020
What a crushing loss. RIP, the brilliant artist Juan Giménez.https://t.co/MT7dERxfrY
— Cully Hamner (@CullyHamner) April 3, 2020
RIP the great Juan Giménez.
I didn't know him but loved his work. He was actually a major influence (don't know if it shows) on the more tech sci-fi bits of my old IRONWOLF graphic novel.
Sadly sounds like he was a victim of CoVID19. pic.twitter.com/fgaQCPkTb8
— Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) April 3, 2020
We lost Argentina's master comics artist Juan Giménez to COVID. Sad… https://t.co/9cWY6XZX2O
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) April 3, 2020
So sad to hear about the death of Juan Giménez. Read some Metabarons tonight.
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AshcanPress) April 3, 2020
— Iván Brandon (@IvanBrandon) April 3, 2020
RIP to Juan Giménez, one of the all-time greats. The Metabarons is an astounding artistic achievement and a huge influence on me. I haven’t read The Fourth Power or Leo Roa, so it’s good to know there are still works out there by the master that will be new to me. pic.twitter.com/m6EBxLPTvb
— Chris Burnham (@TheBurnham) April 3, 2020
Goodnight Juan Giménez, a brilliant artist, and today, a victim of Covid 19. pic.twitter.com/YRm8imwJGt
— Joyce Chin (@TJoyceChin) April 3, 2020
R.I.P., artist Juan Gimenez to covid19… :( pic.twitter.com/VZBsa874f4
— Pat Brosseau (@droog811) April 3, 2020
One of the kindest souls and brightest talents left us today. R.I.P. Juan Giménez. You have touched more than you will ever know. ❤
— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) April 3, 2020
COVID-19 has taken a master from us – but he leaves behind an imagination that impacted a generation.
RIP Juan Gimenez.
Tonight, let us all be Tonto, telling tales of our master the Metabaron. pic.twitter.com/uCMVPl4UnX
— 𝙅𝘼𝘾𝙆𝙎𝙊𝙉 𝙇𝘼𝙉𝙕𝙄𝙉𝙂 (@JacksonLanzing) April 3, 2020
Ah man, Juan Gimenez is a huge loss. Massive influence on modern sci-fi and our collective imaginations. pic.twitter.com/dTUBcuDEy3
— Ram V (@therightram) April 3, 2020
Truly a master.