Philippe Druillet was born in Toulouse on 28 June 1944. He gravitated towards photography and then, in 1966, published his first album, “Lone Sloane: Le Mystère des abîmes”.
He worked as an actor at the Théâtre du Soleil, while also producing illustrations for Editions Opta, before becoming a regular contributor to the magazine “Pilote” in 1970, going on to create flamboyantly innovative works that have become classics of the comic book canon: “Délirius” (with Lob), “Yragaël” and “Urm le fou” (with Demuth), “Vuzz”, “La Nuit”, “Nosferatu” and “Salammbô”, among them.
In 1975, Druillet joined forces with Dionnet, Moebius and Farkas, founding the publishing house Les Humanoïdes Associés and the magazine “Métal Hurlant”.
He later branched out in a number of new directions, designing movie posters (including “La Guerre du Feu”), collaborating on operas (such as Verdi’s “Requiem” for the 2016 Chorégies d’Orange festival), renovating the Porte de la Villette Metro station, and making explorative forays into sculpture, architecture and design.
Druillet was also an early exponent of synthetic image creation (“Kazhann”, “La Bataille de Salammbô”, etc). Recipient of the Grand Prix de la Ville d’Angoulême in 1988 and the Grand Prix National des Arts Graphiques in 1996, Druillet was made a Commandeur des Arts et Lettres in 1998.