Germán Montalvo Aguilar was born in Omealca, Veracruz, Mexico in 1956. In 1972 he began his career in the graphic design field in Antonio Spain. Later working with the great photographer Mariana Tampolsky in book publishing for children education of the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP).
Germán went on to study graphic design at the Societa Umanitaria, Book Scuola in Milan Italy. He gained recognition as the best student of his generation in the Scuola del Libro, Milan Italy.
On his return he worked for 10 years in the printing industry and since 1988 Germán works as freelance designer, as well as a professor in the History of Design at different universities. Since 1997, his work also applies to ceramics, textiles and jewelery.