Late in posting this loss as well ... that makes two GREAT artists lost in April of 2020. I always admired Gimenez's work and could spot it a mile away. I first fell in love with his work in the pages of Heavy Metal magazine when I was a child in the '70s and '80s. His work always had a very distinct style to it and I loved that style of smooth colors, almost like his characters were made out of polished stone.
"Writer/artist Juan Giménez died at the age of 76 on April 2, 2020, in his hometown of Mendoz, Argentina. The passing was confirmed by long-time publisher Humanoids.
"RIP Juan Giménez, the writer, artist, and genre trailblazer behind The Metabarons, The Fourth Power, and Leo Roa," the company tweeted. "The universe is a darker place to explore without you."
According to the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion, Giménez had been hospitalized since March 22 and was later diagnosed with COVID-19.
Born Juan Antonio Giménez López in 1943, the Argentinian artist moved to Spain to attend Barcelona's Academy of Fine Arts. After graduation, Giménez became a popular name in the European comics scene - particularly working in the science fiction genre. His work reached an even broader audience with the 1981 animated film Heavy Metal, for which he designed the "Harry Cannon" short. In 1992, he began work on what was to be one of his hallmark series - Metabarons with writer Alejandro Jodorowsky.
"He did beautiful elaborate and decorative work that was the envy of many, including me," said Walter Simonson. "Never met him, but I didn't have to. His influence touched my work and still remains, hidden away here and there."
Sad news indeed. Artist Tim White, 68, died April 6, 2020 after a long period of poor health. White was a prolific SF cover artist from the '70s through the '90s.
I had the personal pleasure of talking to Tim several times in my life. His work was inspirational to me as a child of the '70's.
Rest in peace, artist.