Murillo Ferreol


Cartoonist, designer, illustrator

Ferreol Murillo Fuentes was born on January 5, 1956 in the city of Alajuela, Costa Rica.

He graduated in 1988 from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Costa Rica in Graphic Arts with a major in illustration.

He worked for the magazine contributions as a designer, illustrator and cartoonist.

He published his first cartoon in 1983 in Contrapunto newspaper, also published in the newspaper La Nación and the weekly University.

He has participated in over 300 international competitions of caricature and made 3 solo exhibitions in Costa Rica (1978, 1993, 2014).

As a member of group La Zarigüeya he exhibited at the Museum of Caricature in Mexico City in 1994, and has also participated in the meetings Cartoonists Caribbean in 2011-2012 in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

He has been awarded in 27 international competitions in Humor and has published 3 books cartoon: Humorous Anthology (1981) Humor Eco-ilogico (1994) and The La Zarigüeya Humor Graphic (1997).

He was a founding member of the group La Pluma Sonriente (1981) and the Association of Cartoonists La Zarigüeya (1988).

He has worked as a professor of caricature to the Children’s Museum (1997-2005) and the University of Costa Rica (1997 -2002), later as a graphic designer and illustrator for MEC- ICER, Costa Rica.


  • He has been awarded in Germany: 1989 prize, Exile / 1991, prize, Exile, / 1992, prize, EPD,
  • Switzerland, Third prize SCDO 1996,
  • Japan, Honorable Mention Humor Photo Saitama 2003,
  • Israel,2004, UNESCO Award / 2006, / First Prize Haifa Int Cartoon Contest ,
  • Serbia, Third Prize ZIKISON 2006,
  • China, 2006 Bronze Prize FCW / 2007  Success Award, FCW,
  • China, Excellent Prize, Red Man Art,
  • Syria, 2008, Special Prize SYRIACARTOON,
  • Turkey, 2007, First Prize TEMA,
  • Macedonia, 2008 Diploma Awarded / 2010 Diploma Awarded, Strumica,
  • Brazil, 2008 Honorable Mention / 2013 Honorable Mention  1a Bienal Internacional da Caricatura,
  • Nepal 2008 Honorable Mention, HIMAL,
  • Italy 2010 Menzione Speciale, XV GALLARATE,
  • Cuba 2011, First Prize, 17 -Bienal Los Baños,
  • Argentina 2011, First Prize, 1IS11 Fuseres / 2011, Third Prize, DIOGENES TABORDA,
  • Romania, 2011, Honorable Mention Prize, Bucovina,
  • Korea, 2011, Best Cartoon Prize DICACO, / 2012, Best Cartoon Prize, DICACO,
  • Mexico, 2013, Mención de Honor, Ciudad de las Ideas,
  • Colombia 2014, Mención de Honor, CARTOON RENDON,
  • Colombia 2014, 4- Mención de Honor, 1-NOTICARTUN.

Reference: BEC (the Big Encyclopedia of Caricature), 2010


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