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Alexandra was born in St.Petersburg, Russia and grew up in Northern California, near San Francisco, where she studied design as well as painting. Since then she has moved around the globe, and worked in both design and illustration. She has published in books and magazines in France, Germany, Spain and China, and has exhibited her work internationally, both solo, and as part of group shows. In 2016 she received a prize in illustration at the Sharjah International Illustrators exhibition. She often works with other artists (including writers) on projects, and creative collaboration is her favourite form of creation. Alexandra is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. You can find her work at http://alexandrasternin.com/

Alma Larroca is an accomplished illustrator and visual artist. Born in Argentina, she has lived in Barcelona for many years. Alma studied graphic design at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and has taught in Buenos Aires and Barcelona. Her illustrations have been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, including La Nación, ClarínFoodie, Letras LibresMagazine de La VanguardiaLa Voz de GaliciaCasa Viva, and Proyecto Contract. Her work has been published by important publishing houses like Planeta, Columna, Tusquets, Gedisa, Critica, Alfaguara, SM, and Oxford. She has exhibited her work in Buenos Aires and Barcelona and has received prestigious awards like the Junceda Prize from the Association of Professional Illustrators of Catalonia (APIC) in 2008 and the Award of Excellence for the Best of News Design from the Society for News Design (SND) in 2005. She specializes in mixed media and object-collage, using textures to create multidimensional worlds that invite the viewer to playfully assemble and disassemble them. Her colorful fairytale scenes appeal to children as well as adults. More of her work can be seen on her website: https://www.behance.net/almalarroca

 

Alma Larroca is an accomplished illustrator and visual artist. Born in Argentina, she has lived in Barcelona for many years. Alma studied graphic design at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and has taught in Buenos Aires and Barcelona. Her illustrations have been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, including La NaciónClarínFoodieLetras LibresMagazine de La VanguardiaLa Voz de GaliciaCasa Viva, and Proyecto Contract. Her work has been published by important publishing houses like Planeta, Columna, Tusquets, Gedisa, Critica, Alfaguara, SM, and Oxford. She has exhibited her work in Buenos Aires and Barcelona and has received prestigious awards like the Junceda Prize from the Association of Professional Illustrators of Catalonia (APIC) in 2008 and the Award of Excellence for the Best of News Design from the Society for News Design (SND) in 2005. She specializes in mixed media and object-collage, using textures to create multidimensional worlds that invite the viewer to playfully assemble and disassemble them. Her colorful fairytale scenes appeal to children as well as adults. More of her work can be seen on her website: https://www.behance.net/almalarroca

Ana Paula was born in 1978 in Tres Lomas in the province of Buenos Aires. She lives and works in Buenos Aires. She has training in drawing, embroidery, printmaking, book illustration, and poetry. She uses watercolor, pencil, India ink, collage, and embroidery to create her work, which she has exhibited at the Galería Mar Dulce in Buenos Aires and in numerous group and individual shows. Her work has been published in a variety of books and magazines, including Revista Al OídoEsto no es una narizWitold Gombrowicz según 40 ilustradoresRevista MínimaRioplatensas, the Inuit and Taller Canoa Fanzines, and Gascón 450 delhospital ediciones, among others. She is a member of the Anuario de ilustradores collective, and has contributed to its publications and shows since 2008. Ana Paula's whimsical and peculiar work, transports us to a world of soft colors and imaginary stories. More about Ana Paula is available at her website: http://anapaulamendez.tumblr.com.

Angela Corti was born in San Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1978. She is a graphic designer, graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. She also participated in workshops of illustration and creativity in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, with the artist Camilla Engman (2011). Angela has been teaching Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires for three years, and since 2013 she gives seminars and workshops on collage. She has worked as a graphic designer for over 10 years in her own studio and is co-creator of DiComo. Her illustrations are based on the folklore and legends of objects from Argentina (she won the Seal Award Good Design 2011, Selection BID'12 among other awards). Since 2010, she has been working exclusively as an illustrator, designer and freelance artist for businesses and publications in Argentina and abroad. Her first book as an illustrator was published by Edelvives Argentina in 2014. Angela’s work, is inspired by both her personal life stories and her country’s folklore. She creates her own worlds of reality and fantasy, using primarily collage technique with papers she crafts from silkscreen prints. She also incorporates recycled papers, cardboards, and drawing. Angela has had solo exhibitions in Buenos Aires and Denmark and has participated in group exhibitions in Argentina, Mexico City and Sydney, Australia. In October 2014, she curated "Sudestada Drawing and Illustration" with Alejandro Bidegaray, a collective exhibition of 40 Argentinean artists, also shown at Grand Salón de Mexico in Mexico City. To see more of Angela's work, you can visit her beautiful website at: www.angelacorti.com.ar

Anne Baier grew up in the North of Germany. She has studied Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University Weimar and at École supérieure des beaux-arts de Toulouse. Since 2013, she works as a freelance illustrator in her studio in Potsdam, Berlin. Her illustrations has been published in several magazines and newspapers in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and England  She also works for publishers and clients in the field of graphic and editorial design. Anne loves using graphite pencils and doing all kinds of prints. Her illustrations are inspired by nature, everyday life and music and have a strong sense for abstraction and textures. To see more of her work, visit: http://www.byebyesea.com

Ausra Kiudulaite was born in Lithuania where she lives and works. She works as a free lance Illustrator and artist under the name Menulis Ranulis  (The moon is a zero). Her inspiration and motivation to become an illustrator were her own kids; the need to teach them how images are able to transmit and communicate the strange and funny stories the universe is made of.  Other Ausra’s artistic influences also are children’s vintage books, old movie posters and graphics, and Japanese printmaking. 

Beatrice Cerocchi was born in Rome in 1989 where she lives and works. In 2014 she obtained a master degree in Architecture in Rome and after that she obtained a master in editorial illustration in Milan. Her work have been featured on several magazines and media, such as The New York Times, Corriere della Sera,Vogue Bambini, Liber Magazine, Illustratore Italiano. She also published picture books with Edizioni EL and ELI Readers. Beatrice's work is colorful, enthusiastic and sweet, it makes a statement about life being a wonderful dream.

Bela Abud lives and works in Argentina. She has participated in numerous group and individual shows in Italy and Spain. Her works are also exhibited in various Latin American countries, in galleries and exhibitions that include the "Sweet for my sweet" show at Galería Mar Dulce (Buenos Aires), the “Ecléctica-Ilustración Contemporánea” show at the P.O.P.A. en La Boca Gallery (Buenos Aires), and in the Cuarto Salón de Ilustración de Colombia (Bogotá). She was included in the Third Ibero-American Catalog of Illustration, as well as other collections. She works with watercolors, pencil, ink, acrylics, tempera, colored pencils, and gouache to create pieces that have the sweet and gentle texture of dreams. She shares her images and projects on her blog: http://bela-abud.blogspot.com.ar

Candela was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina. A city by the sea. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012. In 2014 she was selected for the illustrators exhibition in Bologna Children's Book Fair, and was also part of the catalog Latin America Ilustra. Candela creates characters that immerse us in fantasy worlds. Her work conveys a sense of surprise, as when we find something lost long ago and we see it again, but this time with different eyes. To see more of her work, visit: http://www.cfilustraciones.blogspot.com.ar/

 

Born in Portugal en 1985, Catarina Sobral is a published author and illustrator. After studying Graphic Design, she graduated in Illustration in 2012. Her illustrations are a regular presence in editorial illustration, album covers and posters, and she has ten books published in eleven different languages. Her work has been exhibited both in solo and group shows in many places around the world and recognized by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Portuguese National Illustration Award, the Portuguese Authors’ Society, the White Ravens catalogue and the 3x3 magazine.

Cécile Metzger, is a self-taught French illustrator. She studied literature in France. After living in the UK for two years, she is back in her hometown in the East of France. She works with graphite, watercolor and colored pencils and everyday life, small objects, and people around her. Cecile illustrations are sweet and luminous, they show the beautiful things that surround us.

Chia-Chi Yu was born in Taiwan where she works and lives. She studied Fine Arts at the National Art School in Nancy, France. She started her career as an illustrator in 2006. Chia-Chi loves using mixed materials in a very original way. Her illustrations create an interesting, lovely atmosphere where you just want to submerge yourself in and live that life for a bit. Chia-Chi is a cat and dog lover. She has 11 cats and 1 dog and takes care of the street cats in her neighborhood.

Born in Valladolid, she studied Fine Arts at Salamanca from 2003 to 2008, and completed her education in Kassel (Germany). Now she lives in Madrid, where she works as a freelance illustrator.

Among her publishing projects is Bababum, a series of activity books for kids, or Hijos de Fruta, a colorable fanzine "for kids who enjoy farts and burps championships". Cofounder of the Crispis studio in Madrid, she publishes fanzines and works on projects such as Bababum.

For several years she illustrated articles in the Economy and Society section of the Eco magazine, in Galicia.Cinta has worked on advertising campaigns for the Curtocircuito festival, and posters for Cidade de Cultura, in Galicia. In addition, she coordinates the illustration workshop for children,Taller de dinosaurios. Cinta’s work focuses on people, she likes to imagine stories inspired by different characters. Her work is intense, colorful and expressive; it plays with a subtle sense of humor that highlights the fact that life should always be a little fun. To see more of Cinta's art, visit: ​ ​http://www.cintarribas.es

Claudia Legnazi studied at the National Art School “Prilidiano Pueyrredón” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has obtained numerous national and international awards such as: Third Place in the Nami Island International Illustration Contest, Korea in 2012; Best children’s book “Había una vez” Book Bank, IBBY Venezuela (2012); “Yo tengo una casa” Best  Children’s Book, Book Bank, IBBY Venezuela in 2004; “Yo tengo una casa” Children Book NOMA Prize, Asia/Pacifico Cultural Centre UNESCO; First Prize “Catalogo de Ilustradores” Children and Youth Books, by the National Arts and Culture Council, Mexico. Her work has been exhibited in Italy, Japan and Slovakia, and was acquired by the Chihiro Art Museum for its Permanent Exhibition. Claudia’s illustrations seem to come from a magical world of imagination, stories and colors. Her artwork is inspiring, a perfect gift for kids and adults. To see more of Claudia’s magical art, visit: https://www.facebook.com/claudialegnazzi.ilustracion

 

Cristina Barsony is a Romanian illustrator, currently based in Transylvania (Cluj Napoca), with an interest in children’s books illustration. Since 2010, she has worked as a freelancer for clients around the world on numerous projects (publishing, editorial, advertising, commissioned work, porcelain) and 4 children’s books she illustrated have been published in Romania. Cristina uses different techniques such as watercolor, pencil or inks and has a tendency to fall for some shades of color that often appear in her drawings. She participated in several individual and group exhibitions in Romania and design fairs with her ceramic creations. Recently, Cristina got enamored with folklore patterns, Japanese stamps and botanical green houses that fuel her inspiration. 

Cristina Bazzoni is an Italian illustrator based in Milan and Tuscany. With a diploma in Fine Arts and Visual Communications, she began as an illustrator in advertising and worked for many years designing and illustrating book covers. Her graphic design for “Shorts” a series of children's books, won the Andersen Award in 1999 as Best Series. In 2015, she was selected among eight finalists for the international competition “Silent Book Contest” with her book “POIS”, her first experience as both author and illustrator. Cristina loves to work in creative workshops for children. Her work is based on expressive synthesis and color contrasts, she loves to illustrate with colors using drawings, backgrounds and textures on paper and then assembled in digital. As an artist, Cristina likes to keep a childish spirit, and she does it through drawing. To see more about her work, visit the website: http://www.cristinabazzoni8.com

 

 

 

Cuauhtemoc Wetzka was born and currently works, in Mexico. He obtained a degree in Graphic Design in Veracruz, Mexico and currently illustrates for a variety of projects, such as books, magazines, newspapers, and cultural projects. His work has been shown in Argentina, Spain, United States and China. In 2014 his illustrations were published on the V Iberoamerican Illustration Catalog; he participated in an exhibition in the Taipei’s Book Fair in China. In 2015 Cuauhtemoc obtained the first place for the XXV Illustration Catalog of children’s illustration of CONTACULTA, Mexico.

In 2016 he was selected for the Art Contest and Exhibition for Children by Hispanic Artists en Las Vegas and for the 2014-2016 14th edition of The International Biennale in Mexico. His work was also selected among the best Latin American illustrations in 2016 with his book “Latin Colors”. Cuauhtémoc’s work is vibrant, colorful and energetic. Influenced by Mexican folklore and legends, it works with traditional imagery in a modern, contemporary way. His illustrations will standout and make a happy statement in any (lucky-to-have-them) home.

Daniela Gallego is a Colombian born illustrator. She graduated in Graphic Design in Bogota and obtained a degree in Illustration in Barcelona, Spain. She has participated in collective exhibitions in Colombia and Spain. Daniela was selected as finalist for several awards, such as: Premio Tragaluz, 2013, Medellín. Salon visual Bacanika, “Salon del Ocio y la Fantasía” (SOFA). She has also published children’s books illustrations. Daniela has been looking for some years a tangible way to share her point of view, experimenting with various techniques including paper, pencils and colors. Her work is whimsical and magic, with a warm color palette that will brighten up your home with delight.

Elaheh Taherian is an award winning illustrator and painter who works and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Elaheh graduated from MFA Illustration at Visual Essay Program from School of Visual Arts in New York City with the Paula Rhodes honor award for exceptional achievement in illustration in 2015. Prior to this, she received her BFA degree from Shahed Art University Tehran, Iran 2006 and a MFA degree from Art University in Tehran, Iran in 2009. She has illustrated several children books in Iran, France, South Korea and Switzerland. Her works have been published in several magazines and featured in many exhibits in Iran and New York. To see more of this talented artist, visit her website at: http://elahehtaherian.com

 

Eleonora Arroyo was born in Argentina. She graduated from Prilidiano Pueyrredón School of Fine Arts. Her work has been published in Argentina, Chile, México and Spain. She has participated in individual and group exhibitions in Argentina; the Biennale of Bratislava and The Children's Books Argentine Illustrators Fair in Bologna, 2008. Eleonora has illustrated texts by renowned writers such as Juan Gelman, Anton Chekhov and Rubén Darío. In 2012 she was nominated for the IBBY Argentina, Honor List. She has also worked on animation and shadow theater. Eleonora lives and works in Buenos Aires. Her work is filled with characters, as if they were up on a colorful stage while we watch with a smile, enchanted by her stories. To see more of Eleonora’s work visit her website: http://www.eleonoraarroyo.com.ar

 

Eunyoung Choi was born in Korea where she lives and works. She specialized in Visual Design at the University of Korea and worked as a 3D animator and special effect for films for several years. She now works as a young children book illustrator since 2006. After ten years of successful work, she got awarded The 'BOLOGNA 2016 SELECTED ILLUSTRATORS' award for the follow picture books: 'Five Zlotych'. 'La couleur du secret'. 'Mute', and 'The talkative moon'. Eunyoung illustrations translate everyday things and people onto a delicate, dream-like world with soft and sweet colors with a poetic note. 

Evelyn was born in 1973 in Carpi Modena, Italy. When she was a child, she loved drawing for her friends. She grew up reading Rodari’s books, Richard Scarry’s illustrations and Luzzati’s books.  She has illustrated more than forty children’s books. Her illustrated book “Mi piace il cioccolato” has won the first prize for the all’Eurochocolat award 2001 ZOOlibri in Italy and it was translated in Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, English (Australia, N. America, N. Zealand, Singapore), Galician, German, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Spanish and Turkish. Evelyn’s books have been published in Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Portugal, among other countries. She teaches Creative Illustration at the International School of Comics in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She participated in several exhibitions in Rome, Modena, Capri, Milan, Bologna and Tokyo. Her work is whimsical and magic,it combines collage and drawing, creating a dream-like world. To see more of her beautiful work, visit: http://www.evelyndaviddi.it

 


Federico Porfiri is a prolific illustrator form Argentina. He has a degree in Visual Arts and is a Professor at Prilidiano Pueyrredon National Art School in Argentina. His work has been published in numerous graphic and audiovisual newspapers and magazines in Argentina, Mexico and Spain; he also illustrated several books and collaborated in two anthologies of short stories as a writer. He participated in individual and collective exhibitions in Argentina, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Mexico.  Federico works mainly with acrylic, watercolor and pencil; his images mix color and forms, dream-like scenes with urban landscapes creating a beautiful and unique artistic world. To see more of Federico’s work, visit his website: http://porfiri.blogspot.com.ar/

 

Florencia Capella is an Argentine illustrator based in Buenos Aires. She graduated as a Graphic Designer at the University of Buenos Aires, where she currently teaches in the Illustration Department. She attended the SVA School of Visual Arts in New York as an artist in residence. She was selected for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2015 and for Society of Illustrators in New York for their exhibition in 2016. Florencia’s work has been shown in collectives shows in Buenos Aires, Bologna, New York, Japan and Shanghai. When asking Florencia about her inspiration, she says she devotes a great deal of her time doing research on historical modes of representation in different societies. For her, drawing is a way of being in the world. To see more of her work, visit: www.florenciacapella.com.ar 

Fotini Tikkou was born in Athens, Greece in 1981. She graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2009 and has been working as an illustrator ever since. She also has a MA degree in Visual Arts by the Luca School of Design in Brussels, Belgium. She has illustrated many children’s books. Her work also includes editorial illustrations and book covers. She uses both traditional and digital techniques to create her work. Her favorite mediums are gouache, colored pencils and she loves to experiment with collage. Her illustrations range from cute to slightly weird but most of the time they are colorful and playful. Some of her illustrations are focused on body acceptance, diversity and motherhood.

Fotini has lived in Spain and Belgium and for the past years she has been living in Copenhagen, Denmark with her boyfriend and their little daughter. She tries hard to make time between commissioned work to focus on personal projects, which is what she enjoys the most.

Gabriela Regina is an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer and painter. She also studied music for some years. She was born in Buenos Aries in 1978. She studied at the University of Buenos Aires and for seven years she taught design at the University of Buenos Aires College of Architecture, Design and Urbanism. Gabriela works for publishers, children's clothing and toys brands, national and international magazines. In addition to her studio, she has a design shop where her creations are sold in Latin America and Europe. She has shown her work individually and collectively. Gabriela uses different techniques such as watercolor, pencil and digital design. This is what she says about her work: "I paint images that give me joy to make them become real”. To see more of her work, you can visit her facebook fan page at: https://www.facebook.com/regina.ilustracion

Guridi graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain; since then he has worked professionally in all fields of image, painting, printing, design and advertising. In 1995 he began specializing on graphic arts, institutional, advertising and multimedia. In 2010 Guridi’s work focused on children's illustration books, posters for campaigns on cultural theater, dance and puppetry. He has taught workshops on illustration and creativity in Bilbao, Pontevedra, Granada, Madrid, Barcelona and Valladolid. He has published more than thirty children’s books, which have been translated in more than nine languages. He obtained the First Prize for the Seventh “Encontro Internacional de Ilustração de S. João da Madeira” in 2014. In 2015 he was awarded with the Best Illustrated Book Award for his book “El Rebaño”.  He has also been selected for several awards such as: Gremio de Libreros de Madrid and Premio Plastilina & Bloggers for his Illustration Trajectory, among others. Guridi's work is powerful and evocative; it plays with colors and textures creating imaginary worlds inspired by the magic of nature. To see more of his work, visit: http://guridi.blogspot.com/

Hasmik ( Narjes Mohammadi) is a visual artist, illustrator and curator. She was born in 1985 in Mashhad, Iran and has lived in Tehran for many years. She studied Graphic Design at Shariati University, and continued her education in illustration at the Iranian Illustration Society. Her style combines a multiplicity of techniques such as pencil, collage, watercolor and digital. Hasmik loves nature. She is always inspired by looking, searching, walking and drawing in jungles, mountains and parks. Her work has been published in a variety of books and magazines internationally: in Iran, Canada, Australia, Italy and Spain. Her illustrations were selected in several exhibitions and festivals in different countries such as Belgrade, Bologna, Germany and many more. She recently started a new international digital magazine (Brightness). The magazine is a collaboration among illustrators around the world with the idea of innovating and divulge the status of illustration as an independent profession in the world.

 

 

JiHyeon was born in Seoul, South Korea, where she lives with her husband. She works as an illustrator and picture book author. She studied Media Art at the Kaywon School of Art & Design, and illustration at HILLS (Hankuk illustration School). Her first picture book 'POOL' was published in English, Spanish, Korean, French, Italian and Swedish. 'POOL' was awarded a Gold Medal for Original Art 2015 by the Society of Illustrators in U.S.A. Jihyeon loves starry nights, the scent of grass after raining and children’s laughs. To see more of JiHyeon whimsical work, visit: http://jihyeon2.blogspot.kr/

Joanna Concejo was born in 1971 in Slupsk in Poland. Graduated in 1998 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. Since 1994 moved to Paris, France, where she lives and works. In the late eighties she began working as an illustrator and artist. In 2000 Joanna’s work was selected for the Salon de Jeune Création in France, in 2002 her work was shown at the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Busan (South Korea) and the following year at the Salon d'Art Contemporain de Chelles (France) 2000. Joanna participated in several individual and group exhibitions (Paris, Berlin, etc). In 2004 she was selected for the Illustrators Exhibition of Children's Book Fair in Bologna and in 2004 won the Calabria Incantata "Abracalabria" Altomonte (Italy) prize. Her work was also selected for the Biennial of Illustration "Ilustrarte" Barreiro (Portugal) in 2005, 2009 and 2013. Joanna participated in various collective exhibitions: "The Emperors New Illustration" (Bologna, 2005, exhibition dedicated to the work of J.Ch.Andersen), "Figures Future" - "Peter and Alice" (Book Fair Montreuil - France), "Blue Book" in Iran and the UAE, "Le imagini della fantasia" to Sarmede Italy (2008 and 2010, 2015). And individual exhibitions such as "Attorno al giardino" Bologna (2008), Perve Gallery in Lisbon in 2009 and 2010, and an exhibition at the Library of Saint - Herblain in 2011, "Tea with Alice" at Oxford in 2012, in 2013 « One step at a time » in Bologna "Nei rami", in 2014 « Les visages du lointain » - Musée Beurnier-Rossel – Montbéliard / France, In 2015 «  In the artist studio of Joanna Concejo » - Galerie Angle , Saint Paul Trois Châteaux/ France, in 2015 «  Particular stories » - Arttrakt Galery / Wroclaw/ Poland, in 2015 «  It’s always the tea time » - Estonian Children’s Literatur Center / Tallin/ Estonia , and others. Joanna also works in sculpture and ceramics. Since 2010 she collaborates regularly with Le Petit Atelier de Paris. In 2008 Topipittori - Italy published her first book: "Il Signor Nessuno" ("Mr. Nobody" by Editions de Rouergue in France), and « Grand et petit » ("Big and Small") published by Atelier du Poisson Soluble. Other books illustrated by Joanna are: "L’Angelo delle scarpe" published by Topipittori ("Angel of shoes" published by Notari - Switzerland, for the French version); "Humo" published OQO - Spain; « Au clair de la nuit » ("In the light of night") published by Motus - France, "Cuando no encuentras tu casa " published by OQO - Spain. "I signi selvatici " ("Wild Swans") according to Andersen by Editions Topipittori - Italy (French version of the Notari edition - Switzerland) « Entrez ! » ("Come in!) "Published by Rouergue "Zimbo" published by OQO - Spain "Una stella nel buio" published by Topipittori - Italy Notari - Switzerland « Un pas à la fois » ("One step at a time") published by Notari - Switzerland « Les fleurs parlent » ("Flowers speak") at Casterman – France "Ksiaze w Cukierni " ("The prince in the pastry") at Format – Poland – Book of year 2013 by IBBY / section Poland "Little Red Riding Hoods" at BIR Publishing - South Korea « Les visages du lointain » published by Notari - Switzerland « Quand les groseilles seront mûres » at L’Atelier du Poisson Soluble – France.

Joanna’s work is magic and sweet, her drawings create a beautiful world that mixes imagination and everyday scenes.

JungYoon was born in Seoul, South Korea and currently lives in France. She studied printmaking in Korea and illustration/graphisme in France. Jung Yoon works as a freelance illustrator for publishing companies and magazines in both countries. She loves working with different techniques such as watercolor, collage on paper, pencil and digital. Her work is playful and fun, her images are like colorful poems made of everyday things. To explore more of her work go to http://yoonillustdesign.blogspot.fr

Karina Cocq was born in Chile. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts, with a Special Mention in Plastic Arts in the University of Chile. She also specialized in children’s illustration in EINA, Barcelona. Since 2010 she has illustrated for different institutions such as the Explora CONICYT Program (Chile), Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Chile) and Pablo Neruda Foundation (Chile), among others. She recently illustrated "TAMIKA" a children’s book published by Lom Ediciones and "Juanita Carey" an illustrated album published by Cocorocoq Editions. In 2013 she had her first solo exhibition at Gallery Loba (Valparaiso) and in 2014 she shared the "Dark Skin" exhibition with Cecilia Toro at Plop Gallery (Chile). Karina’s work was selected for the First Catalog of Chilean Contemporary Illustration published by Eight Books and Gallery Plop in 2013 and she participated in the 4th and 6th Catalog of Ibero-American Illustration -“Latin America Illustrates”-, exhibited at the Book Fair of Guadalajara. Since 2014 she teaches Illustration at the Arcos Professional Institute and she directs Watercolor and Illustration Workshops at “Casa Plop!” and Balmaceda. Karina loves using watercolors, ink and graphite pencil in a very versatile manner. Her art creates images full of symbolism with a great influence of magical realism. To see more of Karina’s wonderful work, go to: http://karinacocq.tumblr.com

Laura Ruiz was born in August 1984 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.  From very young age, she felt the passion to draw, scribbling on any piece of paper and enjoying the stories her grandparents told her.  She studied Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires.  In 2010 she began her training on child illustration and studied illustration at the workshop "99% of Inspiration" dictated by Mirian Luchetto in The Fourth Eye Studio, where she also attended storytelling, photography and collage workshops.  Her books were published in Spain, Uruguay and Argentina.  Laura’s illustrations utilize the “digital etching” technique, achiving different textures with digital artwork.  She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for local and international publishers, and teaches illustration workshops for youth and adults. Laura's work is warm, attractive and clever, with a subtle sense of humor.  Blog: http://lauraruizilust.blogspot.com.ar Instagram: @laucha_ilustra

 

Lucila Biscione is a paper cut artist based in Berlin, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lucila studied drawing, painting and graphic design. She mixes illustrations and paper cut in original, highly-detailed, hand-cut pieces.Her work is moved by her emotions and the possibility to transform reality; this is what she says about what inspires her: “Every small detail of my life can be a story to draw.”
Lucila’s pieces remind us of whimsical childhood dreams, magic stories and mysterious legends of the past; they awake our curiosity and love for beautiful, hidden details.

 

Magalí Mansilla was born in Argentina. She studied Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires. Since 2004 she works as a freelance illustrator. She has participated in individual and group exhibitions in Argentina; her work has been selected for the book “When cows fly” in The Children's Books Illustrators Fair in Bologna. Magalí uses a variety of techniques, from acrylics and pencils to digital. Her work combines the magic of childhood, with dreamlike forms and colors. To see more of her work visit her website: www.mandarinadg.com.ar

Maggie Chiang is a Taiwanese American full time artist and part time dreamer. Inspired by both places real and fictitious, Maggie's illustrations evoke a longing for adventure and the pursuit of the unknown, exploring impossible landscapes and places unseen. A central theme of her art is the relationship between humanity and nature, oftentimes the underlying thread that ties together her work and establishes her individual artistic voice.

Makoto Maruyama was born in Tokyo, where she lives and works. She graduated in Interior design and Decoration and she worked in the Design industry for many years. After she quit her job, she started traveling around the world and drawing again. Makoto was selected for the Irufu Doga Museum Award in Japan, 2015. Her artwork has a sweet and evocative feeling, as if her paintings create a world where dreams and reality come together. To see more of her work, visit: http://makoto-maruyama.com

 

María Elina was born in Buenos Aires in July 1975. She graduated from the School of Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires , and participated in various projects and workshops related to photography, art, set design and illustration. She was part of the stage workshop at Gral. San Martin Theatre. Since that time, she works in her studio. Her work was exhibited in Mar Dulce Gallery in Buenos Aires and has been published in journals and magazines in Argentina, Spain, Mexico and Portugal. Her work combines the whimsical images of fantasy, dreams and literature with intriguing, secret stories waiting to be told. To see more of her work go to:  http://maria-elina.blogspot.com/

 

Maria Victoria Rodriguez was born in Rosario, Argentina. She graduated in Fine Arts from the National University of Rosario where she also studied animation. She co-organized The Furious Drawing Festival held in Rosario. Currently she spends most of her time working on new drawing and illustration projects. María Victoria also participates in group and solo exhibitions and has published in fanzines and magazines in Argentina, United States, Colombia and Spain. María Victoria’s drawing and painting are mostly inspired by people and nature. She experiments with vibrant colors and texture. Her work can be found on posters, books and CD covers. To see more of her work go to: www.victoriarodriguez.com.ar

Mariana Pabstleben is a prolific Argentinian artist. She holds a degree of Professor in Visual Arts. She specializes in children’s book illustration. Mariana has published in different magazines, and her illustrations are in numerous books. Her latest project, the book “Mamá cien brazos” (Mom’s hundred arms) was published in Spain by “Mil y un Cuentos.” To see more of Mariana’s work, you can visit: www.marianapabstleben.wix.com/mariana-pabstleben

Mariana Rio is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Porto, Portugal. She has graduated in Communication Design by Faculty of Fine Arts University of Porto, Portugal and she studied also in ASP Wroclaw, Poland. Mariana works in various projects but the ones she likes the most are the one’s made specially for children and families. She has a deep love for picturebooks. Mariana’s work has been featured by the AOI World Illustration Awards London, the Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Competition Seoul, Lürzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators worldwide 2013/2014 Vienna, 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration New York, CJ Picture Book Awards Seoul, the Portuguese National Illustration Prize and the Bologna Children's Book Fair, among others. To see more of her work, visit: http://www.marianario.com

Mariana Ruiz Johnson studied fine arts and illustration. She has published books as an author and illustrator in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. In 2013 she received the Picture Book Compostela Prize for her book “Mama” and in 2015 she won the international competition “Silent Book Contest” with her book "Sleep Tight". Mariana currently lives in the suburbs of Buenos Aires with her husband and son, and she is dedicated full time to write and illustrate her own books. Her work is colorful and happy, inspired by childhood’s world of playfulness, imagination and magic. To see more of her work got to: http://marianarj.blogspot.com/

Marjorie Pourchet was born in 1979 and lives in Besançon, France. She studied illustration with Claude Lapointe at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. After graduating, she wrote and illustrated ‘La tête dans le sac’(editions du Rouergue) which was translated in Korea, Argentina and Mexico. Since then, she’s illustrated books for French and Spanish publishers such as Sarbacane, Rouergue, OQO or La Fragatina, translated in Italy, Portugal, Poland, or England. Her work was selected for the 23rd and the 30th Mostra d'Illustration in Sarmede (Italy). Marjorie creates dreamlike worlds, sometime tinged with a certain nostalgia, or trying to link the everyday with the amazing. She works with acrylic paint, ink, pen she can mix with collages, lino cut printing or monotypes. To see more or Marjorie's beautiful work, visit: cargocollective.com/marjoriepourchet

 

Painter and illustrator, Martin Jarrie lives and works in Paris since 1981. After passing through the documentary drawing or hyperrealist, he changed his style to a freer expression, more pictorial influenced both by surrealism, the Italian primitives, Art brut and contemporary art. He works for the press, publishing and advertising in France and the United States (since 1996). 
In the French press, you can see his work in Télérama, Le Monde, Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, and La Vie the American press, the New Yorker, Bloomberg Magazine among others. 
His illustrations have received numerous awards from Communication Arts 
and Society of Illustrators. In the ad,Jarrie worked for the BNP, La Poste, Cetelem, Scholtes, Heidsieck, the Ile de France (he designed the poster for the Environmental Film Festival since 2001) and the short film festival in Clermont Ferrand which he designed the poster in 2009. His passion for dictionaries and catalogs has led him to perform "the fabulous alphabet" (winner of the most beautiful french books 2007) released in October 2007 by Gallimard. 
Before that, was published in 2004 by (and with) Alain Serres, a cookbook inspired by his paintings of fruits and vegetables, "a large kitchen like a garden," at Rue du Monde. 
He received the 1997 grand prize of the Biennale international Bratislava illustration for two albums, "the mechanical colossus" and "knock, knock, sir Cric-Crac! "Both published by Nathan.
In 2002, "In the end" (text Regis Lejonc) received the Baobab 
(best album) in Montreuil.
"Hyacinthe and Rose" (François Morel text) earned a Special Mention at the International Book Fair, Bologna Children in 2011.
His latest book "Card Dreamer" has obtained a Special Mention at the International Book Fair Bologna Children in 2013.
Since 2007, one can see his paintings at the Museum of Hunting and Nature, 
rue des Archives in Paris. His works have been exhibited in Japan and Portugal 
where a major exhibition was dedicated to him in 2005.
A retrospective of his work was organized by the Museum of Illustration 
Mills of May to November 2007. 
His paintings are regularly exhibited at the Galerie Jeanne Robillard and Arsenic Gallery in Paris.
From January to April 2012, the Lisbon Electricity Museum has dedicated a major retrospective.
To see more of his amazing work, visit: http://martinjarrie.com

Miren was born in 1988 in Pamplona, Spain and now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She graduated in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country, attending her final year in Buenos Aires. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions in Spain, Argentina and Mexico. She has created posters for various musical and theatrical projects and festivals, as well as a project-image for Amnesty International. In 2012 her book Hara, written and illustrated by her, won the Etxepare Illustrated Album Award.  In 2013 she was a finalist for the Euskadi prize for Literature; in 2015 she was awarded the "Iberoamérica Ilustra" award from SM Foundation, The Ilustradero and the Guadalajara International Book Fair (Mexico). Her works convey the magic of everyday life, the charm of little moments that hold a secret to be deciphered. To see more of Miren’s work, visit her website: http://www.miaslo.com.

 

 

Ed is an argentinian illustrator currently located in Barcelona. He draws for magazines, newspapers, books, and advertisements in Spain, France, Mexico, and Argentina. He is a frequent contributor to Milan Press’s series of French children’s magazines, including Moi Je lis and Historie pour le petites. He has illustrated stories for Milan Press, Benjamin Media, Auzou, and L’ Abadia de Monserrat, among other publishers. He is the author of the comic books Manu en la playaEl pulpo #6, and Loser; the latter two have each received the Junceda Prize of the Association of Professional Illustrators of Catalonia (APIC). He has contributed comics to FantagraphicsBulb Comic, Black Pulp Box, and Dopututto Max. He co-edits the Mamut collection, which specializes in comics for children ages three and older. He is a member of the ILU.STATION collective, the group responsible for organizing the First Festival of Independent Illustrators of Barcelona. Drawing inspiration from a subtle sense of humor, he creates works out of the materials of childhood games and fantasy. More of Ed’s work is available on his blog: http://www.behance.net/MISTER-ED

 

 

Natalia Colombo is an illustrator and graphic designer currently living in Buenos Aires. She studied architecture, design, and urbanism at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She has illustrated textbooks and picture books published in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Chile, the United States, and Argentina. She has participated in individual and group exhibitions in Europe and Latin America. Her book Cerca was awarded the first International Compostela Prize by the Department of Education of the City Council of Santiago and KALANDRAKA. The Italian version of the same book, Vicini, received the Delle palme Prize for Best Foreign Picture Book. Her images seem to come from an imaginary world where everything is happy, sweet, and playful; it is the world of children’s songs, game-filled afternoons, multicolored candies, and naptime treasure hunts. To see more of Natalia’s work, visit her blog: http://ilustraciones.plainproject.com.ar , or her website: http://www.nataliacolombo.com.ar

 

Nekane Fernández was born in Tolosa, Spain. She has been working as an illustrator for more than fifteen years, in which she participated in numerous art and illustration workshops. She also earned a Masters in Children’s Album Illustration. Nekane is currently working on a book project called “Cuentos de la calle 13” (Stories of 13th Street) written by Pablo Guillamón. She combines her work as an illustrator with her passion as an educator. Nekane’s illustrations and collages tell stories about fantastic and enchanted worlds where textures and colors represent feelings; her art pieces play with both imagination and artistic techniques. To see more of her work, visit: nekanefernandez.blogspot.com

Paper cutting is an ancient art that originated in China in the 6th century A.C.E. The art of paper cutting involves patience, close observation, dedication, love, and intention. Every piece is like a fabulous universe that unveils a secret. For an observer, getting lost in its details becomes a way of meditation that requires observation and quiet presence.

“It’s hard for me to think that something is going to end, and, in some way, I can associate it to my way of working. When I start a draft, I like to feel that I’m going to take my time to work on it, that I don’t have to rush to finish. The details allow me to be focused on a very small portion of the paper for hours. It’s like being hidden in this place.” Lucila Biscione

Patricia Tewel is a graphic designer and graduate of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she has also taught. She lives and works in Buenos Aires, where she has been the manager of the Art Department of the Abasto and Rosario Children’s Museum since its opening. Illustration is her passion. She has been a participant in Silvia Mato’s illustration workshop for some years. She is presently studying jewelry making with Jimena Ríos at Taller Eloi. A viewer of Patricia’s work must have many eyes: a small eye for its infinite details, a large eye for its shapes, and a playful eye for its textures and colors. Her pieces are full of hiding places and secrets that convey a little bit; they are designed for attentive adults and children who have the time to really look at them. More of Patricia’s illustrations can be seen on her website: www.flickr.com/patriciatewel

Ri Tori was born in Moscow/Russia. She has participated in exhibitions on book art and graphic design. Ri has published in Russia, Korea, Australia and the Netherlands. She also collaborates as illustrator, designer and author. She collaborates with Ilva Donets in “Zilasaule”, together they work on books and investigate how media affects the book culture. They also created Samoglaz, and interactive magazine project. Ri’s work is playful, colorful and optimistic; the kind of artistic view that encourages curiosity in kids and adults. To see more of her work, visit: https://www.behance.net/ri-tori

Ribes Cooked is a Spanish artist based both in Madrid and Barcelona. He graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. His work has been shown in several galleries in Spain and he has participated in several art shows in Europe and United States: Art Brussels, Pulse New York, Arco in Madrid and Art Forum in Berlin.
Since 2005, and after winning the Altadis Prize, he started experimenting with different techniques, mixing oil paintings with digital images to produce his unique vision of the world. Like in a theatrical play, his characters show us evocative scenes from a cheerful point of view. Ribes’ illustrations are inspired by an optimistic sense of humor, enriched by vibrant colors. To see more of his work visit his new website: www.ribescooked.com

Roger is an illustrator and musician born in Ambato, Ecuador. He has illustrated more than seventy short stories, children's and youth novels for different publishers. He writes and illustrates his own stories, among which are “Los días raros" Fondo de Cultura Económica ,"Abril y Moncho" (Alfaguara ), "Vueltas por el universo" (Deidayvuelta ) and “Dreams "(Alfaguara ).  His work has been published in Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Chile, Peru, Guatemala and the United States. He obtained the Fondo de Cultura Economica Award for “At the edge of the wind" in 2014. Roger’s work was selected for the international exhibition "I Colori del Sacro” in The Diocesan Museum di Padova, Italy in 2016. He also obtained the Honorable Mention by Latin America Illustrates, in 2014 . That same year, he was awarded the Cuatrogatos Foundation, National Illustration Award. He also obtained the Illustration Prize “Guevara Darío Mayorga "in 2014 and 2011.  Roger is a founding member of the Collective Deidayvuelta and he is also Cultural Ambassador of Ecuador. Roger’s work is profoundly exquisite and always tells a story: it is as if his characters want us to know about the beauty and the solitude of their everyday life.To see more of Roger’s work go to: http://rogerycaza.com and http://www.rogerycaza.blogspot.com.

Sandra Aperloo is the creator of the "all things artsy" blog Artistic Moods. On her blog, she curates beautiful artistic objects and illustrations. Explore Sandra's curating edition for Toi.

This is what Sandra says:

I've been in love with illustration for as long as I can remember. But I've always found it a bit hard to describe my style. Usually I will go with words like playful, fun, romantic and maybe a tad surreal. But I can also appreciate art that gives me quietness and comfort. Especially when I'm selecting art for walls, I like to go for creations that will give sweet comfort at home after a long day of work.
I guess the most magical moment for me is when I find illustrations that have all those things. Beautiful, playful imagery that makes me drift off to lala land and gives me piece of mind at the same time. That's when I really fall in love with art.
For me, the pieces I have curated in this selection have those elements. Claudia Legnazzi's Three Sisters has so may precious details to look at. The soft colors in her work give it a very delightful and comforting character. The colors in City and Forest by Roger Ycaza will pop out on any wall but the trees, houses and other figures are very harmonious at the same time. My favorite pick is Elaheh Taherian's Sleepwalker. Love the quirky figures of that lady! It's #1 on my Christmas wishlist.

To see more about Sandra's lovely blog, visit: http://www.artisticmoods.com

Decisions, decisions, decisions. We want to make it easier for you and that’s why we invited a series of guest curators to pick their favorite art. This month Sara Barnes, the creator of the inspiring and creative blog Brown Paper Bag, is curating a Special Edition just for you. This way it will be easy to decide which one is your favorite print. To see her blog, visit: http://www.brwnpaperbag.com

 

 Sol Undurraga was born in Chile, and she currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Her work has been selected twice for the Bologna children's book fair, (2014-2016), the Biennial of Illustration in Lisbon, Portugal; Ilustrarte 2016, the Latin American Catalog, Mexico in 2015, and twice for the Latin American illustration in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sol created Mujer Gallina six years ago; she uses that persona for different forms of illustrations and comics. Sol has worked with different publishers around the world such as L'Aggrume in France, Castillo in Mexico, Rayo Verde in Spain, Origo publishing house and Lom publishing and Amanuta editorial in Chile. She has also collaborated with newspaper and magazines, such as El País, Revista Algarabía, DPI, Magazine of the Autonomous University of Mexico, magazine Que pasa, Travesía and many others. She participated in collective and individual shows in Italy, Spain, Japan, USA, Mexico and Chile. Sol collaborates with other illustrator and artists in a creative workshop in Berlin. Her illustrations are charming, bold and witty, with an unexpected pinch of humor that spices up curiosity and wonder. 

Stephen Ellcock is a downwardly mobile, London-based writer, editor, serial underachiever, researcher and image wrangler for hire.

This is what he told us about his curated edition:

"My selection reflects what is, (personal relationships aside), my greatest and most abiding obsession, namely the glory,  strangeness and infinite variety of the natural world and the welfare of our fellow creatures. I hope that, in addition to capturing something of the beauty, exuberance , singularity and sadness of life on our home planet , they also provide a glimpse of the mystery and the mischief at the heart of things." 

As Milan Kundera said: "Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude toward those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect, human kind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it." The Unbearable Lightness of Being 

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https://www.patreon.com/stephenellcock

 

 

Sylvie was born in France where she studied Textile Design at the School of Applied Arts in Lyon. Always passionate about books, newspapers and illustrated magazines, after graduating she started working as a freelance illustrator.  She prefers working with the monotype technique, but she also likes to explore other techniques such as etching and silkscreen. She participated in group expositions such as “Ilustrarte”  (Lisbon, Portugal) and  “I colori del Sacro” (Padova, Italy) among others. She won the Critics Award organized by the “Tapirulan” Association (Cremona, Italy) November 2015 . Sylvie also developed a passion for education through art and collaborated with Magazine XXI and Rai Educational. She is currently working on her first didactic book for children, which will be published in Italy. Her drawings are whimsical and profound, with a sensibility for everyday settings; this is what she says about her work:
"What I want is to create an emotion, to take the viewer to the edge of my pencil and bring them to other realities."  To see more of her work, visit: http://sylviebello.blogspot.com

 

Violeta Lopiz was born in Ibiza, Spain. Her illustrations have been published by publishing houses such as Kalandraka, Anaya, Edelvives, Siruela, Bruaá, Editions du Rouerge, Hélium, Cambourakis, Topipittori and Planta Editora. Violeta’s work has been recently awarded by the Biennial Ilustrarte 2016 and selected for the Salon du Livre in Montreul in Korea CJAwards. Her work has also been selected five times in the Bologna Children Book Fair exhibition. Violeta illustrated Les Poings Sur les Lilesa beautiful animated film directed by Lu Bing for the CJ Picture Book FestivalHer work has been exhibited in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Israel, Turkey, Korea and Japan.  She also illustrated the app Opera XXI for the Royal Theatre, and has work on murals in collaboration with illustrator Valerio Vidali in Germany.  She currently has her studio in Berlin. Her recent hobbies are: dancing without a method, traveling and living in different places, walking  without glasses through the park and recording songs that nobody would hear. Violeta’s work is bold and sweet, strong and delicate, as being a part of a dream we don’t want to wake up from.