Patrícia Portela is a writer and performance maker born in 1974, living between Belgium and Portugal.
She studied set and costume design in Lisbon and in Utrecht, film in Ebeltoft, Denmark, and Philosophy in Leuven, Belgium. Since 2003 she has worked on her own performances and installations in collaboration with international artists. She has achieved national and international recognition for her unusual work and is considered one of the most daring artists and innovative writers of her generation. She won the Revelation Prize in 1994 for her creative work in performance and cinema, the Prize Teatro na Década for T5 in 1999, the Gulbenkian Foundation Prize Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão for the performance Flatland I in 2004 and a special mention for Wasteband in 2003, and she was one of the 5 finalists of the Sonae Media Art Prize 2015 with her installation Parasomnia, amongst other prizes. She has been invited to participate in the prestigious International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa in 2013, and was the first literary resident in Berlin in 2016. She is the author of several novels (Banquet was a finalist of the Novel and Novella Big APE Prize 2012) and short stories.
She is a founder member of the Prado cultural association since 2003 and a curator at the collective editions Prado since 2008.
Aurore Petit grew up in Haute-Savoie. Graduated from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg in 2006, she now lives in Nantes. She works for the children’s books edition, and also illustrates for adults in the press and communication.
Born in Penafiel, Joana moved to Porto where she studied Communication Design in Porto’s Fine Art Faculty. After traveççing to Budapest and Vilnius she then returned to Porto, where she works in illustration and comics in the company of her sister’s two cats. She won the 1st International Serpa Award for Illustrated Album in 2015 and the Best Children’s Book Illustration Award (Portuguese Author) at Amadora BD in 2016 and 2019.
Arkádi Avértchenko was one of the great Russian satirists of the early 20th century, compared to Mark Twain and nicknamed the king of laughter, in addition to the dozens of works he left us, he founded and directed the historic magazine Satiricon, where great names in russian literature and illustration collaborated.
João Fazenda is a Portuguese illustrator, whose practice splits between illustration, drawing, animation, comics and occasionally painting. He studied graphic design and graduated in Fine Arts from the Lisbon Faculty of Arts, before going on to dedicate himself full time to creating images for a variety of stories and media. In his work he aims to explore the endless relationship between drawing and narrative in its many ways. He lives and works between London and Lisbon.
Raquel Catalina studied Fine Arts in Madrid, her hometown. She later moves to Valencia where, after completing a postgraduate degree in illustration, she begins to collaborate with several publishers. In 2018 she was selected for Ilustrarte and for the Ibero-American Catalog of Illustration. She has also exhibited at Valencia’s Picture Book Fair.
Miguel Gouveia was born in Santo Tirso, Portugal, and tells stories since, in 2001, little creatures called him teacher. In 2008, with his better half, creates Bruaá Editora. In 2010, after finishing his Master’s degree in “Books and Children’s Literature” by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, he leaves teaching to devote himself to publishing, translation, music and oral storytelling. Since then he’s been telling in libraries, bookshops, schools and festivals, with a repertoire made out of the oral tradition of different cultures, in “a trip around the day in eighty worlds”. This story is done. Let some go and let some come.
Noemi Vola was born in Bra, Italy, in 1993. She has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 2014 she founded Blanca, a self-published magazine for children, collecting illustrated stories and comics. In 2017, with Martina Tonello, she has started MaPerò, a project against grammar and non-grammar injustices. She has published with Vogue Bambini, Biancoenero, Corraini and she has collaborated with various Italian festivals including Bilbolbul, in Bologna. She currently lives and works in Turin with a bear and four earthworms.
Andrea Antinori, is based in Bologna (Italy) and studied graphic design and illustration at ISIA, in Urbino, and at Escola Massana in Barcelona. Since 2013, he has been collaborating as an illustrator for different Italian publishing houses, in particular for Corraini Edizioni, with which he published “Is this a moose?” (2015), “A book about whales” (2016), “Christ’s entry into Brussels” (2017) and “The great battle” (2019). In 2016, the illustrations for “A book about whales” were exposed at MAMbo (Bologna’s Modern Art Museum) during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, where, in 2017, he was selected for the illustrators exhibition. On the same year, together with author Vincent Cuvellier, he wins the Andersen Prize in the “6/9 years old best book” category with “La Zuppa dell’Orco”, published by Biancoenero Edizioni. Also in 2017, he designed the image for Mantova’s “Festivaletteratura” and collaborates with “Imaquinario” in Lima (Perú) for its first two editions.
While living in NYC, in her early 20’s, and working as a paralegal, Suzanne Heller published “Misery”. It’s success opened the doors to have published 4 more books with drawings and captions, “More Misery,” 1965 “The Story of a Fat Little Girl,” 1966 “Misery Loves Company,” 1967 and “Twee,”1970. She then moved to a Lobster fishing island, off the coast of Maine in the 1980’s, where she concentrated on painting in watercolor and oil. Her work has been exhibited in NYC, Boston and Maine. Her latest illustrations can be seen in her sister’s book “Adventures of an Italian Food Lover,” 2007. She continues to paint while enjoying community life 16 miles off the coast of Maine.
Susa Monteiro was born in Beja in 1979, where she lives. She studied Plastic Performing Arts at the School of Theater and Cinema of Animation at CITEN. She worked as a costume designer and aderecist until 2005, when he started to devote herself to illustration and comics. She has illustrated books for all ages in several publishers. She also illustrates regularly for the press. Since 2009, he illustrates António Lobo Antunes chronicle for Visão magazine. Her work has been exposed in galleries and festivals for illustration and comics all over the country and abroad.
INÊS BARATA RAPOSO
Born in Castelo Branco, she won the Branquinho da Fonseca Expresso / Gulbenkian prize in the juvenile category with the book Things That Happen (2018). iN 2017 she was the only writer selected in the category of literature of the national competition Young Creators. In the same year, her story An Apple a Day was chosen to integrate the anthology The Eternal Child published by the Center of Studies Mário Cláudio. She studied Communication, Text Editing and Writing Arts at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. After getting a scholarship of the Camões Institute, she went through the world of journalism and publishing. She currently lives in a village in the interior of Portugal and works as a freelance copywriter.
Alastair Reid was a poet, a prose writer, a translator, and a traveller. Born in Galloway, he served in the Royal Navy in wartime, and afterwards left Scotland to embark on a itinerant lifestyle that took him to number of different countries. His long immersion in the Spanish language led him to translating the poetry of a diverse group of Latin American writers, including Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Heberto Padilla, Eugenio Montejo, and José Emilio Pachedo. In the 1950s, he became a travelling correspondent for the New Yorker magazine. He published over 40 books – poems, essays, prose chronicles, children’s books and translations – and his writings have been widely translated. Reid died in 2014.
JooHee Yoon contributes regularly to publications, such as the New York Times and the New Yorker, in addition to working on books, advertising and various other projects. She has taught illustration and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, along with leading workshops abroad. She is currently based in the US, but enjoys traveling to new places.
Kjell Arne Sörensen Ringi (1936-2010) was a Swedish artist, graphic designer, sculptor and author from Gothenburg. His artistry can be appreciated in his paintings, illustrations, official monumental items, art books, art and documentary films, international events posters, etc.
A master in the small, with his millions of constricted little figures, and sumptuous in the great, whith his magnificent sculptural cathedrals and skyscrapers that strive high against the sky, his paintings are represented in some thirty international museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Library of Paris, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne and the Staatliche Museum in Berlin. After spending long periods of time in New York, where he had great success with his paintings, Ringi creates between 1967 and 1974 seven pictures books for some of the biggest north-american publishers. Books written and illustrated by himself, like The Stranger (selected as one of the best picturebooks of 1968 by the Junior Literary Guild), and also in association with writer Adelaide Holl.
LUÍS CORREIA CARMELO
Luís Correia Carmelo was born in Lisbon in 1976, but lived in Brazil until 1991. He holds a degree in Theater Studies, a Masters in Portuguese Studies (Representations of Death in the Portuguese Traditional Tale, Colibri, 2011) and Doctor of Arts, Culture and Communication, with the thesis Oral Narrative: a performative art. He collaborates with the Institute of Studies of Traditional Literature of Universidade Nova of Lisbon and the Center of Investigation in Arts and Communication of the University of the Algarve. He has been telling stories since 2003 in libraries, schools, associations, theaters and festivals, in Portugal and abroad.
MARIACHIARA DI GIORGIO
Mariachiara Di Giorgio was born in Rome in 1983. She studied illustration in Rome and Paris, at the Ecole Nacionale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD). During college, she began collaborating as a designer for FAO, and working as a concept designer for films and advertising agencies. In 2012 she starts working in editorial illustration, illustrating some of Gianni Rodari’s books for Editori Internazionali Riuniti, followed by publishers such as Editori Laterza, DeAgostini, Else Edizioni, Mondadori, Linus magazine and La Città del Sole stores. Her work has been exhibited at the Illustrators Exhibition of Bologna’s Children’s Book Fair (2015 and 2016) and at the 58th edition of the Society of Illustrators in New York.
Born in Milwaukee, EUA, Ellen Raskin was a writer, illustrator, and designer She lived in many worlds: in the world of books; in the world of dreams; and in New York City, where she wrote and illustrated in an 1820 haunted house. As a designer, she created dust jackets for more than 1,000 books including the first edition of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic A Wrinkle in Time. She was the author of several novels, including the Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game, the Newbery Honor-winning Figgs & Phantoms, The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues and The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel). After years of illustrating the ideas of others, Ellen Raskin had an idea for her first ever picture book : Nothing Ever Happens on My Block, published in 1966. After that first one she went on writing and illustrating many more. Raskin died at the age of 56 on August 8, 1984, in New York City.
António Gouveia, author and storyteller, was born in 1968 in Benguela, Angola, in a family original from the island of Madeira. Perhaps he began to tell stories, mostly invented stories, during that time when he lived in a village in Beira Baixa, the family’s first place when he returned to Portugal, describing to his new friends the fantastic adventures of his day-to-day life in the jungle and in the savannah, in that country so far away. Some say that you can still see him do this to this day.
Beatrice Cerocchi was born in Rome in 1989 where she lives and works.
She started to get interested in illustration when she went to her first Bologna children’s book fair in 2004. During High school she attended two illustration courses at Ars in Fabula in Macerata. She kept studying and after the degree in Architecture at Rome Tre University she went to Milan to take a post graduation course at MiMaster where she obtained a master in editorial illustration. Her works have been featured on several magazines and picture books, she was selected at the World Illustration Awards 2017 in children’s book category.
Born in 1929, Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He was educated at the High School of Music and Art and the Cooper Union art school in New York and, via a Fulbright Scholarship, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy. He co-founded the revolutionary Pushpin Studios in 1954, founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968, established Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974. Throughout his career, Glaser has been a prolific creator of posters and prints. His artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at both the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums. Among many awards throughout the years, he received the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, for his profound and meaningful long-term contribution to the contemporary practice of design.
With a degree in Fine Arts and Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto, Marta Monteiro has been developing over the past few years a number of activities in the areas of film animation, illustration and teaching. Her work can be seen regularly in magazines, newspapers and publishers such as Visão, New York Times, Washington Post, Máquina de Voar, Pato Lógico and Nobrow. She had her first illustrated book “Shadows” published by Pato Lógico in 2013 and in 2014 she received the Gold Medal of the Society of Ilustrators for the series “Little People” and saw her work selected for the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna.
She lives and works in Penafiel, where she was born in 1973.
Walter Benedix Schönflies Benjamin, best know as Walter Benjamin, is a german essayist, literary critic, translator and philosopher associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Born in Berlin in 1882, he dies in 1940 fleeing the Nazis on the border between France and Spain, in a small place called Port Bou, where he’s buried and where we can find a monument in his memory.
Alicia Baladan, was born in Uruguay where she spent her childhood. After a short time in Rio de Janeiro she moved to Italy where, she graduated at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. She attended at several international animation-movie festivals and experimental arts conceived By Milan’s contemporary arts archive “Care-off “. In the last few years she is illustrates and writes focusing on the narrative aspects of her work. Her drawings from the book “An infant Sky” were also selected for “Illustrarte 2012” in Portugal. Best Illustrator Award 2014 in the International exibition of the Diocesan Museum of Padua. Teacher at the International School of Illustration Ars in Favula Macerata. She is currently living and working in Brescia, Italy.
Author and French-Portuguese artist, Inês d’Almeÿ is interested in writing as cartography. Her present work unfolds mainly around writing in its connection with the mapping of things in the world. The body as territory, the observation tracks, the long walks in nature and the poetry of everyday life are starting points to invent stories. It is these polyglot trips and their distracted legs that provide formidable adventures to tell children (but not only).
Inês d’Almeÿ also wrote in French and Portuguese poetic snapshots, capturing here-nows as a photographer, essays, novels, meditative experiences, and other children’s literature texts. She co-created two performance companies and presented plays throughout Europe; she also collaborated with several plastic artists, performers and dancers. She has worked as a cultural producer in dance and visual arts in London and Lisbon, in companies, institutions and festivals. She is also a pedagogue, she has taught languages and linguistics, and is interested in translation as a space-between of possibilities.
Frank Tashlin (1913-1972) was born in New Jersey and raised in Queens, New York. In his adolescence he starts working in animation in several pioneer studios that started to appear in New York. In 1933 he moves to Hollywood, where he writes and performs animated shorts for MGM, Warner Bros. and Disney. In the mid-40s he decides to withdraw from animation to start writing for the Marx Brothers, Lucille Ball, among others, and to work in cinema as a screenwriter. He works with Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope and Red Skelton, with his films still echoing elements of his career in animation. In 1946 Tashlin writes The Bear That Wasn’t, a book that he always described as being very special to him. The book would know many foreign editions and an animated version in 1967. It would be followed by two more: “The Possum That Didn’t” (1950) and “The World That Isn’t” (1951). Tashlin would publish two more books: “How the Circus Learned to Smile” in 1949, recorded by Spike Jones, and “How to Create Cartoons” in 1952.
António Fernando dos Santos, better known as Tóssan, was born in Vila Real de Santo António, in 1918. A truly versatile artist that has left us works in illustration, painting, caricature, poetry and graphic design. As an illustrator and graphic designer, he created dozens of book covers, with a special mention to the collaboration with writer Leonel Neves, illustrating his texts for children. In the forties, already in Coimbra, where he was the caricaturist of hundreds of university students, he cooperates with the University Students Theatre Company. Responsible for the graphical works of Brazil’s embassy in Lisbon between 1961 and 1964, he becomes responsible after 1975 for the coordination of the General Direction of Diffusion publishing sector. In the press he was one of the founding members of Diário de Lisboa’s juvenile supplement and collaborated with the humorous newspaper “O Bisnau”. He dies in Lisbon in 1991.
O’Neill (Alexandre), dark skinned Portuguese, raven’s wing hair was born on December 19, 1924, in Lisbon, and died on August 21, 1986 in the same city. In addition to the poetic craft, Alexandre Manuel de Castro Vahia O’Neill Bulhões worked regularly in advertising, allowing him to, as he used to say, “live from verses and survive from advertising.” Founder of the Surrealist Group of Lisbon, that he would leave later, Alexandre O’Neill always lived from his writing, whether in advertising, television, cinema, theater or as a columnist for several newspapers, signing regular columns in the Diário de Lisboa, A Capital, as well as in magazines, as it happened in historical Almanaque magazine (1959-61), where he was part of the distinctive editorial team that included Sebastião Rodrigues, José Cardoso Pires, Louis Sttau Monteiro, Joao Abel Manta, among others, and where one day it was born this “Amusement with punctuation marks” that we now publish.
Born in Portugal in 1985, Catarina Sobral is a published author and illustrator. After studying Graphic Design, she graduated in Illustration in 2012. Her work is a regular presence in editorial illustration and she has been published in countries including Portugal, Brazil, France, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Germany, Argentina and South Korea. 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 3×3 magazine.
Ed Emberley, one of best-known names in north-american children’s literature, recipient of the Caldecott Medal in 1967 and 1968, started writing and illustrating in the sixties and since then has published around 80 books, some of them in partnership with his wife Barbara and his sons Rebecca and Michael. Among this considerable bibliography stands out his well-known and beloved collection of how-to-draw books that, with simple and straightforward lessons, encouraged generations of kids to grab a pencil and draw. Even today, many artists often cite Ed Emberley as an inspiration in their carreers. He believes that everyone can learn how to draw and “not everyone needs to be an artist, but everyone needs to feel good about themselves.” Today, with more than 80 years old, Ed Emberley happily watches a renewed interest in his work, with many of his older books being republished, just like “E tu, vês o que eu vejo?” that Bruaá just recovered from the 1979 “Ed Emberley’s Amazing Look Through Book” first edition.
Born in Sverdlovsk, Russia, Natalia Chernysheva graduated from the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art, majoring in graphics and animation. She worked as an animator, character designer and artist on several animated films, before debuting as a director with “Snowflake”. More recently she studied in La Poudrière, in France, where she directed the films “Friends” and “The Return”, which she now transformed into a book for Bruaá.
My full name is Claudio Álvares Machado Thebas. It’s been a long time since I was born: 1964. It was here in Brazil, São Paulo, in the middle of a revolution. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t even seem that long. I remember it like it was yesterday when I was six years old and was crying on time for school. Many times my mother had to stay there, sitting at the classroom’s doorstep. Then I got used to it and she didn’t have to do any more shifts. I remember a lot of laughter watching the three Stooges, trips to the beach in the summer holidays. It was in one of those holidays that I learned to drive in my father’s lap. Later, to my joy and the neighbors despair, I started to play the drums. I was thirteen. With fifteen, I set up my first band: Vísceras. Punk rock style. Today I realize that my neighbors were saints, even the man that lived opposite to us, who called the police several times hoping to get some rest. Patience of saints has its limits. Growing up, the drums stayed behind, but not that much. Today, I went back to play. But not as a musician, but as clown, I decided to become one with more than thirty years. Before, in my twenties, I became a father. Luiza’s and Raphael’s. I’m also a stepfather, of Sophia and Bianca. And I’m Chris’s husband, the most beautiful woman in the world. We live in a house that has huge backyard, where our other four loved ones live: Jimi, Uruanã, Nemo and Suki. Whoever can guess their breeds gets a package full of oranges and tangerines we have in the orchard!
Violeta Lópiz was born in Ibiza in 1980 and began to illustrate very early, with 2 years. Her most productive and creative period develops up to 6 years, when she virtually loses all her artistic skills due to a very common mental illness in children: growth. When the disease reaches its splendor she gets a job in a music school as a teacher and that’s how, after her young students inflicted some blows with the blades of the xylophone, she recovers some creative skills. She starts her delearning process at Madrid’s Art School nº 10, where she unlearns that work is something undesirable and forgets that being older is being more boring. She does her internship at El Mundo newspaper, where she restarts doodling and gradually begins to receive orders from several publishing houses that invite her to play again. Even though her condition is irreversible, her slow advances give her great satisfaction and allow her to communicate with the teachers of tender age. Her progress can be found in some bookstores, walls, streets, fairs, newspapers and thousands of notebooks that she leaves scattered around.
Lara Hawthorne is currently living and working in Bristol, UK. She recently graduated with a First Class Honours from Falmouth University where she studied Illustration. Since graduating, she’s been shortlisted for the Lowry Children’s Book Award and has been working on a number of commissions and exhibitions. She is also part of the Beginning Middle End collective, which is a small group of like-minded illustrators based in Bristol. Lara is most interested in narrative illustration, but also has experience in design and editorial, as well as scientific illustrations. Her main influences are folklore; natural history; Henri Rousseau and Tove Jansson, and she has a love of generally ‘unpopular’ creatures, such as rats and slugs. Lara dreams of keeping a family of rats, and hopes to do more travelling in West Africa. Herberto is Lara’s first published children’s book and she wishes to carry on writing and illustrating her own stories.
Sandol Stoddard Warburg is the author of 26 published books, including 21 written especially for children. She has four sons who are grown up now, but she says they are still her greatest inspiration. Thank to them she also has ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren – all of them, she says, “quite fascinating and a lot of fun”. Mrs. Warburg was born in Alabama, USA and educated at Breyn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. After spending some time in California, New York, London and Paris. In the 1980’s she settled in a small country village in Hawaii where she planned to retire, but she still works every day – well, nearly every day. Some days she goes swimming instead.
A prolific designer, illustrator, and artist, Ivan has created memorable, iconic images for literally hundreds of clients. As a founding partner of Chermayeff & Geismar with Tom Geismar, he has played a significant role in establishing the firm’s worldwide reputation. His trademarks, posters, publications and art installations for contemporary buildings are widely recognized and have received nearly every award bestowed by the profession, including gold medals from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Illustrators. He received the Yale Arts Medal, the President’s Fellow Award from the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Industrial Art Medal from the American Institute of Architects. Ivan Chermayeff studied at Harvard University, the Institute of Design in Chicago, and graduated from Yale University, School of Art and Architecture.
Daughter of a belgian mother and iranian father, Mandana Sada is born in 1971 in Brussels. Studies illustration in the Academy of Decorative Arts of Strasburg and makes her debut in 1997 with the book “De l’autre côté de l’arbre”, with which she wins the prize “Chrétien de Troyes”. Besides her books, her technique can be enjoyed in works that she develops to the press and advertising. Among her publications, a special mention to the books “Tarde de Invierno” and “Cosas con Plumas”, result of the collaboration with Argentinian poet Jorge Luján, and also her solo workds such as “Mon Lion” and “O jardim de Babaï”, her first book published in Portugal.
Ninamasina, in the world Anna Masini, is a freelance illustrator based in Milan. Born in 1981, late in the morning at the end of June, she has studied anthropologies and film-making, and now devotes herself to books, illustration and photography. Arturo, a picture book born in collaboration with her dachshund puppet and her friend Davide Cali, is her first photographic book for children. With needle, thread and a little help from a sewing machine she also works as an imaginary demiurge, creating imaginary animals that fill her tiny home.
Born in 1983 in Italy. He studied Painting at the Academy of Art and after graduation he have decided to deeper into the field of Illustration enrolling in Ars in Fabula Master (Macerata). He works as freelance illustrator and keeps courses of Painting Tecniques and Comic at the Academy of Art of Cuneo. In the 2011, his works were selected for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and for the Annual of the Associazione Italiana Illustratori. In 2012, his first book “Il bambino di vetro” published by Einaudi Ragazzi was awarded the “Premio Andersen” as best book 9-12 years.
Born in Tokio in 1959 getting to literature through music. At the Tokyo Conservatoire she studies composition and writes Opera libretos and pieces for radio and television. Her debut in literature happens with the worldwide acclaimed “Natsu no niwa” (The friends), written in 1992. With this first work, Kazumi Yumoto is nominated in 1996 for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis and, in 1997, wins the Boston Globe-Horn Award. In the books that follow, Yumoto underlines her choices by working with what she finds in her experiences and conflicts that children and teenagers face in their growing process, never avoiding more delicate subjects such as disease, religion and death. Another interesting aspect it the fundamental role that she gives to older people. In her own words: “I believe that there is a special relationship with children, only possible with adults without any family connections, a relation that can have a strong influence in a child’s path in life.
Born in the province of Hyogo, in Japan, in 1966. She recalls that in her childhood wanted to illustrate after she came across a book by Japanese illustrator Akiko Hayashi. After graduating at the University of Fine Arts and Music of Tokyo, Sakai spends some time in theatre, goes to Paris, where she spends a year before going back to Japan to work in textile design. Later, remembering her childhood dream, she starts to illustrate and she hasn’t stopped since. Nowadays, already having won the National Japanese Illustration Prize, amongst other internacional ones, Saki is one of the most notorious author-illustrators in Japan, with several published books translated worldwide, some of them reflecting personal experiences. When surprised by a keyword or and idea for a new book, Sakai explains that: “First comes the text and then the illustrations, but while I work the story, I start to visualize the images that will make part of the book.
Daniil Ivánovitch Iuvatchov was born in Saint Petersburg in 1905. He studies in german highschool “Peterschule”, where he learns english and german, and in 1924 he enters the Electrotecnical Institur of Leningrad (former Saint Petersburg), from which he is expelled. In 1927 he starts, with his friend and poet, Alexander Vvedensky, the ephemerous vanguardist group OBERIU. They manage to resist until 1930. Meanwhile, Harms and other writers connected with OBERIU, now in serious difficulties to survive, come to the attention of some children magazine publishers, such as “Yozh” (Hedgehog) and “Chizh” (Finch) and others, that knowledgeable that such techniques and experimentations were applicable too children literature, invite them to write for these publications. Two month after the nazi invasion of Soviet Union, on the 22nd of June 1941, Harms is arrested for the second time. We would die of hunger in prison, one year later. He was 37 years old.
Started his illustrator carreer in 1983. He was eight years old. He had just finished illustrating his first book, “The Super-Parrot”, authors edition of one single copy ina home made paper. Quickly he got to the conclusion that when he grew up he wanted to be, as he called it at the time, a draughtsman. Meanwhile it happened an architecture course in Lisbon and some working years in London. In 2002 he finally started the career that he had always dreamed of. From architecture perdured the geometry, that soon marked is graphic work. His illustrations have a regular presence in Portuguese publications, and also foreign ones such as New York Times and HOW Magazine. In 2004 he received the Award of Excellence da Society for News Design (SND and in 2008, the Grande Prémio Stuart de Desenho de Imprensa. In 2011 he was included in the selection “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide” of magazine Lüerzer’s Archive. His work on the book “Esqueci-me como se chama” ( I forgot it’s name) got an award by 3X3 Magazine in its annual selection of children book illustration.
Considered one of the great protagonists of XXth century art, Munari was born in Milan in 1907 and dies in the same city on 1998. Linked to the futurist movement since 1927, he became an inseparable name of industrial and graphic design, with fundamental contributions in the several areas of artistic expression such as painting, sculpture, cinema, etc, carrying a multifaceted investigation on the themes of motion, light, creativity and fantasy development in childhood through games. It’s for this children’s world that he starts to create books, originally conceived for his son Alberto. His children books were simple and learning provocative tools. Never separating content form shape and materials, everything he created was simultaneously a book, an object and a game that made us think.
Always interested in searching of ways of simplifying e clarifying the design process, he focused during his last years in themes related with didactics psychology and pedagogy.
Painter, graphic designer, caricaturista and illustrator, Dobroslav Foll was born on the 15 June 1922 in Prague and dies in the same city in 18 January 1981. Foll initiates his studies at Prague’s School of Decorative Arts, continuing later at the Academy of Fine Arts. He becomes artistic director of several publishing houses, illustrates several books, makes caricatures and works as a graphical designer. Independent artist since 1955, he starts an intense activity in different domains: children books, movie posters, paintings, etc. He becomes one of the founding members of one of the most remarkable artistic groups that ever appeared in that country: Radar group. With a curious spirit, original and inventive, Dobroslav Foll gives us with “Isto ou aquilo?” a good example of his fantasy and humour.
Poet, inventor and french humorista, Charles Cros was born in 1842 in Fabrezan and died in Paris in 1888. Passionate for literature and science, he developed several methods for photography improvement, including the technique for the color photography. Presents studies on electricity, the musical stenographer, the automatic telegraph and, curious fact, delivers at the Science Academy, months before Edison’s phonograph, an envelope with the full description of a device similar in every aspect to the one that would make Edison famous. Still, it’s his monologues that will bring him some fame, a genre where “The Salt Herring” is included, and that are read aloud by himself in the cabarets of Paris. Undervalued by critics, Cros’s humor will be finally celebrated by the surrealists that see him as their predecessor.
ANDRÉ DA LOBA
Despite his short carreer, André da Loba is one of the most recognized and emergent illustrators worldwide with his award-winning work in several publications and events such as the Bologna Children’s Fair, New York’s Illustrators Society, American Illustration, 3X3 Magazine, CMYK Magazine or Lurzer’s Archive where he was selected as one of the 200 best ilustrators around the world in 2010. He regularly collaborates with The New York Times, Times Magazine as other publications from Europe and South America. He has illustrated more than a dozen children books in Portugal, Spain and Brasil.
Born in 1985 he’s a graduated from the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg. Besides Illustrations, Louis Rigaud increasingly shows more interest in projects that include both analogic and digital mediums. His debut in books happens in 2009, together with Anouck Boisrobert, with the Popville. “Wake up, Sloth!”, also co-created with Anouck was his second book.
Graduated from the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, in design and illustration, Anouck Boisrobert name became worldwide known with the book Popville, co-created with Louis Rigaud. Beisides illustration, she enjoys working with multimedia cotents and organize workshops both with children and adults.
French writer born in 1973. Her first novel, Boys, boys, boys is published in 2005 and with it wins de Prix de Flore in the same year. In 2007, in collaboration with Gaëlle Bantegnie, Yamina Benahmed Daho and Stéphanie Vincent, publishes her second novel, 14 Femmes, pour un féminisme pragmatique. Besides writing, Goy Sorman is a regular commentator on the French TV network Paris Première.
André François, firstly named André Farkas, was born in a hungarian family on the 9 November 1915. André finishes highschool in Romenia and studies and the Budapest Fine Arts Academy between 1932 and 1933. The following year, he moves to Paris and in 1939 obtains French citizenship and changes his surname to François. Starts his artistic activity in French newspapers and then in English magazines as “Punch” and “Lilliput”. In 1956 he publishes the book “Crocodile tears”. In 1960 he leaves the newspapers and magazines to dedicate some time to his painting projects, sculpture and graphic design. In 2002, a fire burns down his studio and almost an entire life’s work. André François, 87 years old and in a fragile state, refuses to give up and in 2004 presents the exhibition “L’épreuve du feu” with recent work and some of the work that escaped the fire. André François dies the following year.
Born in Caracas, in Venezuela, in 1963. She studied graphical design at the Instituto de Diseño da Fundación Neumann, and also painting and drawing at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Cristóbal Rojas. She worked as a designer, illustrator and art director in several companies and publishing houses, but it’s illustration that conquers her: “Illustration makes me forget of the hellish traffic, the hard road to go shopping for ingredients for lunch and the endless political speeches. It’s an escape that allows me to look at the world from another perspective.”
Carmen Elena Rodríguez Sanabria de Cottin studied in Caracas, at the Instituto de Diseño de la Fundación Neumann. Since then, she’s been devoted, in her own words, to the free exercise of drawing and illustration. In 1995 she moves to New York with her family, where she stays for a year, and enrolls herself in a writing and illustration course
at the Parsons Institute. After that, excited with this new experience, she goes to the Pratt Institute, where she studies animation. Menena Cottin considers herself a privileged person, in her designer, illustrator and writer condition, seein her texts published exactly how they were imagined.
Born in Canada, in 1961, Peter Reynolds shared his entrance into the world with his twin brother, Paul. Together they started to write and “publishing” their own books and newspapers when they were seven years old with the help of the Xerox in dad’s office. In highschool, one teacher will mark Peter Reynolds’s life, the same teacher the Reynolds dedicates the book “The dot”. Peter is know today as a writer, storyteller and illustrator, and it’s with the same enthusiasm and energy that he delivers into every project that he creates. Still, his passion for education is his the driving power. Much of his time is dedicated to helping children, specially the “difficult” ones. “I was one of them. Not everyone has the chance of having a teacher that sees the potential in them.”
Born in Germany, in the great industrial city of Wuppertal. Studied drawing at the Folkwang School in Essen-Werden. From a humble background he always stayed connected to this city. His parents never stopped him from perfecting his talent for drawing, revealed quite early. At 2 and a half years old, he already drew objects (glasses) in perspective, as proven by the dated drawings kept by his mother. Much before illustration for children, he made paintings on wood, favoring the big format. After 1974, he starts working as an illustrator for publishing houses and advertising agencies. In 1990, he’s appointed teacher and becomes head teacher fo illustration at the Berhischen Universität Gesamthochscule in Wuppertal. Translated into more than 20 languages, Erlbruch is considered one of the major illustrators of our time.
Davide Cali is one of the most original and acclaimed writers of children and adult picture books nowadays. Born in 1972, in Liestal, Switzerland, he lives in Italy. He started his carreer in Linus Magazine. Since 2000 he has written dozens of children books and won several prizes. Known for his versatility and creativity, Cali’s work can also be appreciated in comics, theatre and music. With Bruaá, Davide Cali has originaly published “A rainha das rãs não pode molhar os pés” and “Arturo”, his 50th book.
One of the most brilliant illustrators of his generation, Serge Bloch was born in 1956, in Colmar, France. He made his studies at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg with Claude Lapointe.
He regularly draws for the press, His work appears in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe , as weel in magazines like Time and New Yorker.
He received the Society of illustrators golden medal . He lives in Paris with his wife and son, in which he inspired himself to create the super-hero Samsam.
Shel Silverstein was probably the most popular children’s author in the XX century. A truly singular and versatile artist, Silverstein was a writer, poet, illustrator, playwright, lyricist and singer. Born in Chicago on the 25th of September 1930, Silverstein, who never thought about writing for children – which is surprising for an artist whose works have delighted millions of reader all over the world – will be internationally known as one of the most beloved and celebrated authors of all times, quite often compared to Edward Lear, Dr. Seuss and A.A. Milne. Until his death in May 1999, he continued to create plays, songs, poems, stories, illustrations and above all, as he once said “having fun”.