About Nathaniel Rueda (MUTE)
Nathaniel Rueda (AKA: MUTE) is a South American illustrator, born and raised in Lima, Peru. Growing up he had an interest on the arts, especially illustration, comics and animation, gathering some early influences from 90’s anime (which was broadcasted on national television) and comic books. These influences led him to eventually pursue a career in that area. After studying graphic design for 5+ years he realized that this was not doing much for his passion for drawing character driven artworks, which led him to try to get himself into the illustration business by his own means.
After some time of doing freelance illustration work as a part time way to make some cash, he got what he considers his first big moment and opportunity, when he was accepted onto the Pictoplasma Academy 2015 in Berlin, where he further developed his craft and style.
His work gathers influence from a variety of sources such as music, old bad movies, videogames, ancient and modern Peruvian culture and a fixation on paranormal topics. His style can be described as detailed, character centered, focused on movement and (as of lately) with an emphasis on color.
Nathaniel is currently working as a freelance illustrator and developing his own illustration-based brand.