MARIANA PALOVA is an enthusiastic alchemist who, from time to time, likes to do a bit of magic. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, she decided to dedicate her life to a constant search for her own personality, which has led her to become a self-taught writer and artist.


With a special weakness for nature, occultism, folk music and a disastrous degree in graphic design, her visual work (a mixed media of photography, oil, and digital painting) has been nationally awarded and exhibited in more than fifty shows around the world.


Her first novel (Nation of the Beasts: The Lord of the Sabbath), first self-published in Spanish and subsequently acquired for its publication in Mexico and the United States, won the Best Fantasy Book of the Year Award by the prestigious Foreword Magazine.


Nowadays, her biggest dream is to get a comfy cabin in the woods and live peacefully happy as creator.

Author photo by Cristina Francov


Hilarious Marginalia


Wild Books


Waste my hiking boots

"There is a pleasure in the pathless wood...

There is a rapture on the lonely shore.
There is society where none intrudes.
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more".

-Lord Byron.



2018 Cosmic Gazers / Museo Nacional de la Muerte (Aguascalientes, Mexico)

2014 Vmbra /Apollinarie Gallery (Jalisco, Mexico)

2013 The Cosmic Cabinet / Universidad Autónoma de Guanajuato (Guanajuato, Mexico).

2013 The Astral Gathering / Cal Poly Pomona University (California, U.S.A.).

2011 The Bicephalous Moon / Universidad Tecmilenio (Toluca, México).

2011 Imaginarium I / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CDMX, Mexico).

2011 Imaginarium II / National Congress Haciendo Adobes (Aguascalientes, Mexico).

2011 The Secret Laboratory / Pandora’s Box Gallery (CDMX, Mexico).

2011 The Secret Laboratory / Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (CDMX, Mexico)

2010 The Minuscule Room / Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (Aguascalientes, Mexico).

2009 Bowels Escape / Troll Square Gallery (Utah, U.S.A.).

2009 The Minuscule Room / Universidad Tecnológica de Monterrey (Aguascalientes, Mexico).

2009 The Minuscule Room / Sugar House Gallery (Utah – U.S.A.)



2019 EntreSilos International Exhibition. Museo del Silo de Villacañas (Toledo, Spain)
2018 ASFA Infinite Worlds Exhibition. Julia C. Butridge Gallery (Austin, Texas)

2016 Lacalaca Necrolotería Mexicana. State Cultural House of San Juan (Jalisco, Mexico)

2013 Before the Alarm / Bank of America Gallery (California, U.S.A.)

2011 I am Abnormal 1&2 / Abnormals Gallery (Poznan, Poland).

2011 Bloomington Katmandu / Tibetan Cultural Buddhist Center (Indiana, U.S.A.).

2011 Fantasías, Dolores y Desvelos / Universidad de Guadalajara. (Jalisco, Mexico).

2011 Trio Show / Miller Gallery (Ohio, U.S.A.)

2010 Women Exposed / Space 101 Gallery (Indiana, U.S.A.).

2010 Unwarp your mind / That! Gallery (Hong Kong, China).

2010 Digital Art Fair (Belo Horizonte, Brasil).

2009 I am Abnormal / Abnormals Gallery (Berlin, Germany).



2019 Independent publishing workshop. Interdiseño International Forum (Aguascalientes, Mexico).

2019 Self-publishing workshop. Artefacto Cultural Center (Aguascalientes, Mexico).

2018: Worldcon 76 Creators Alley (California, U.S.A).

2018 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (California, U.S.A.).

2011 Workshop "Introduction to Digital Art" /Universidad Tecmilenio (Toluca, Mexico).

2009 4th July Arts Festival (Utah, U.S.A.)

2010 Utah Arts Festival (Utah, U.S.A.).

2008 State Art Fair Chiapas (Chiapas, Mexico).



2019 Leader Women Forum (State Cultural House, Aguascalientes, México).

2018 Artist and Author Panel: New Wave of Storytellers (Worldcon 76. San José, California).

2013 Digital Art Conference / Universidad de Guanajuato, Salamanca. (Guanajuato, Mexico).

2013 The Cosmic Cabinet Conference / Escuela Bancaria y de Comercio (San Luis Potosí, Mexico).

2012 The Cosmic Cabinet Conference / (Aguascalientes, Mexico).

2012 The Cosmic Cabinet Conference / Universidad del Valle de México (Sonora, Mexico).

2011 Digital Art Conference / National Congress Haciendo Adobes (Aguascalientes, Mexico).

2011 The Cosmic Cabinet Conference / Pandora’s Box Gallery (CDMX, Mexico).

2011 Self Portrait and Birth Conference. Symposium / Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (CDMX, Mexico).

2009 Digital Art Conference, Universidad Tecnológica de Monterrey (Aguascalientes, Mexico).




Published Books


2020 Nation of the Beasts: Legend of Fire and Lead (Spanish Edition).

2019 Nation of the Beasts: The Lord of the Sabbath (Spanish Edition).

2018 Nation of the Beasts: The Lord of the Sabbath (English Edition).



Printed Art Publications

2019 Fireside Magazine, July 2019 Issue (United States).

2018 NILVX Magazine “The Divine Androgynous” Issue (United States).

2017 Miroir Magazine “Inner Vision” Issue (Canada).

2015 Masters of Contemporary Fine Art Vol. 01 (England).

2013 Women in Art Vol. 01 (Austria).

2012 Modern Vintage Illustration Artbook (England).

2010 Parteaguas #20 / Conaculta (Mexico).

2010 Visionary Art of the Year Artbook (Canada).

2010 Imagine the Imagination / Editorial nEgoist (Poland).

2009 Death Book Project / Editorial nEgoist (Poland).

2009 Obscene Seduction / Editorial nEgoist (Poland).




2019 "Nation of the Beasts: The Lord of the Sabbath". Best Fantasy Book (Foreword Indies Awards. U.S.A.).

2019 National Award Dolores Castro (Illustration Category. Mexico).

2019 State Youth Award (Cultural and Artistic Development Category. Mexico).




2009 Sayago & Pardon. Private Art Collection. (Artworks: "The Poet and The Muse" and "Twin").