Javier Mariscal is an artist and designer, working in multiple fields including illustration, graphics, comicbooks, paintings, animation, interiors, product design, furniture and web design. In 1979, he created the Bar Cel Ona (bar, sky, wave) logo for his adoptive city of Barcelona, a powerful and accessible piece of graphic communication that won him instant acclaim. His polarity increased when his merchandise-friendly Cobi was chosen as the mascot of the 1992 barcelona Olympics. Twipsy, chosen as the mascot of the Hanvoer 2000 Expo, became the star of his own animated TV series. The Valencian-born designer opened Estudio Mariscal in barcelona in 1989, winning multiple commissions across a range of disciplines, and exploding to a full-time team of 40. Javier Mariscal was the subject of a major retrospective at London's Design Museum in 2009.
An exhibition of his work, Mariscal A La Pedrera, opened in September 2010 at Pedera – one of Gaudi's most famous buildings – in Barcelona.