Born in Santander, Spain, in 1960, Emilio Ruiz holds a degree in fine arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
After graduation, Ruiz looked to the audiovisual sector to get his start as a professional. His first vocation was photography, and he spent countless hours roaming the streets with his Nikon. Through this artform, the young photographer would discover the narrative process, which would later have such a strong impact on his life.
Ruiz likes to tell stories in a poetic way, and has used his talents in areas ranging from theater to dance.
Between 1985 and 2000, Ruiz became specialized in audiovisual montage and video projection, and worked for a variety of public institutions and private companies. At the turn of the millennium, he even created two films based on the series Djinn: Jade, I Presume (2000) and Le Trésor à pied (2004).
In parallel with his other creative work, over the years Ruiz also became an accomplished graphic novel scriptwriter. He completed Corps à corps in 1991 with Ana Mirallès, followed by the award-winning historical adventure À la recherche de la licorne, published in three volumes by Glénat in the 1990s before being re-released in a special complete edition by Dargaud in 2008 (published in English in 2018 by Europe Comics, In Search of the Unicorn).