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Walter Angelici

Walter Angelici was born in Ancona on December 30, 1964. His artistic studies (art school, arts secondary school, academy of fine arts) and his passion for literature led him to become an illustrator, a profession which he abandoned in 1999 in order to devote himself to artistic research. In the same year he was awarded the Ginestra d’Oro for his pictorial and engraving activity. He is currently teaching pictorial disciplines.

Chiara Armellini

Chiara Armellini was born in the province of Verona in 1985. She studied graphic art and illustration at ISIA (Institute for Industrial Arts) in Urbino and at Escola Massana in Barcelona. Her illustrations were selected for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2010 and 2012 and for other important illustration competitions. For the past few years, she has been running creative workshops for children in libraries, bookstores, museums and schools. She has published several books for ELI-La Spiga Edizioni, Topipittori, Loescher, Gestalten, Djeco, and Editori Internazionali Riuniti. Currently she collaborates with the gallery bookshop Les Trois Ourses in Paris and runs workshops at the Peekaboo! Association's Petite Ecole.
http://chiararmellini.isoverse.us/

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Bianca Bagnarelli

Born in Milan in 1988, Bianca Bagnarelli is a cartoonist and illustrator. She is a co-founder of Delebile, an independent label which has been publishing short comic-strip stories by young Italian and foreign authors since 2010. In 2014 she won Napoli Comicon's Nuove Strade prize. Her first book, Fish, published by Nobrow Press, obtained the New York Society of Illustrators' Gold Medal for best short story. She lives and works in Bologna.
http://biancabagnarelli.tumblr.com/

Alicia Baladan

Alicia Baladan was born in 1969 in Uruguay, where she lived until the age of 11. After finishing compulsory school in Rio de Janeiro, she moved to Italy and graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. She took part in many animated film and image experimentation, exhibitions and international festivals curated by Care-off Archive of Contemporary Art in Milan.
She collaborated with Stalker Multimedia on cultural projects and on the staging of game rooms in several museums. For the past few years, she has been focusing on illustrations by developing the narrative aspect of her work. Some of her works are displayed at the 2010 Blue Book Group travelling exhibition. Currently she lives and works in Brescia.

Caterina Baldi

Caterina Baldi graduated in painting and visual arts from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. She has worked on advertising campaigns for major brands such as Alice Mobile, and has collaborated with prestigious magazines like Mojo. Some of her creations are exhibited in museums in Japan.

Barbara Baldi Bargiggia

Barbara Baldi Bargiggia was born in Pavia in 1976. After taking classes at Disney Academy and at Disney Studios in Los Angeles, Barbara dedicated herself to the study of colour. She has collaborated with artists such as Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa, on the colouring of Sky Doll and Monster Allergy comic books. She has worked with various publishing houses, such as De Agostini, Disney, Mattel, Piemme (Geronimo Stilton), Soleil, Delcourt, Les Humanoides Associs, and Devils Due (Voltron). She is currently collaborating with Ensemble Lodi in the creation of set designs and costumes.

Giorgio Baroni

Giorgio Baroni was born near Milan on August 20, 1982. In 2001, after graduating from arts high school in Milan, he enrolled in a course in industrial design at the Milan Polytechnic University but abandoned the program after the first year. The next year he enrolled in the three-year illustration program at the Scuola del Fumetto (School of Comics) in Milan and attended it until 2005. During these years he participated in some competitions. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Association Of Illustrators, and was a member of their Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011. During the first few years of his career he worked with many Italian and foreign publishers, both in Europe and in the United States. He usually works in the field of editorial illustration, dedicating himself to magazines, school books, novels, and picture books.

Agnese Baruzzi

I was born in 1980 and graduated in graphic design from ISIA (Institute for Industrial Arts) in Urbino. I currently live and work on the hills between Imola and Bologna. Since 2001 I have been working as an illustrator and author. I have illustrated forty books for young adults in Italy, England, Japan, Portugal, United States, France, and Korea. I run workshops for both children and adults in schools and libraries, and collaborate with agencies, graphic design studios and publishing houses.
www.agnesebaruzzi.com

Matteo Berton

I’m an illustrator and graphic designer from Pisa. During the last few years I have done many comic books, but now I’m focusing on illustration and graphic design, and I’m trying to expand my research also to videos.

Bomboland

Bomboland is a studio in Lucca. It can only be reached by foot. At Bomboland you'll find Maurizio at the drawing table, Elisa at the cutting table, and Missy in different places, including forbidden ones like the sofa. For years, Maurizio has been looking for the perfect seat, which according to him will surely help him to create a masterpiece soon. Elisa doesn’t quite understand the connection between seat and masterpiece, but she is sure he will soon make it. Missy keeps sitting on the sofa with impunity.

Silvia Bonanni

Silvia Bonanni is an illustrator from Milan, graduate of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. She collaborated with various publishing houses, including Il Castoro, ELI-La Spiga Edizioni, Fatatrac, Electa kids, Editoriale Scienza, Rue du Monde, Bruno Mondadori, Principato editore, Palumbo editore, Pearson, Hachette Rusconi, Rizzoli e Djeco. Moreover, her books have been translated in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Iran, China, and Korea. After being selected in several competitions, she displayed her works in collective and individual travelling exhibitions in many libraries, and she participated to several children’s book festivals in Italy and France.
For more than ten years now, she is running creative workshops (with particular emphasis on recycling) in schools, museums and libraries, both in Italy and France.
www.silviabonanni.it

Gaia Bordicchia

Gaia Bordicchia was born in Milan, but grew up in Sicily. From a young age, she would draw imaginary characters. She studied illustration at IED (European Institute of Design), and has illustrated guidebooks for the Italian Touring Club and for Airone Mondadori, an ecologist magazine. However, she prefers illustrating fables and children’s books with her wonderful colourful characters.

Rodolfo Brocchini

Rodolfo Brocchini graduated from arts secondary school in Urbino.
Over the years he has worked as visualizer for advertising and also as illustrator for publishing. He has also worked as characters designer, background artist and storyboarder of animated series.

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Thomas Cambi

Thomas Cambi was born and raised in Ferrara, Italy, but he currently lives in Sidney, Australia. He has drawn comics for more than 15 years and his works have been published in Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Brasil, Korea by many publishing houses, such as Sergio Bonelli Editore (Italy), Ediciones La Cúpula (Spain), Adonis/Glénat (France) , LeLombard (France-Belgium), Dupuis (France-Belgium), Munhakdongne (Korea).
In May 2014, he was awarded the Gold Comic award at the International Spectrum Fantastic Art 21.

Francesca Capellini

Illustrator, writer and creator of graphic journals, organizer of creative workshops for children, potter, creator of clothing and accessories and, during her free time, interior decorator. Born in Bergamo in 1978, she has lived a nomadic life in a number of different cities, such as Bologna, Turin, Bristol and New York. “My creativity was a late discovery. I spent many years concerning myself with literature and image analysis, then animating images drawn by others. Only at some point I gave myself the professional chance to be a woman and a creator, and I haven't stopped since. Illustration is an excellent vehicle, but so is everything I can design with my ideas and create with my hands. My reference points are both the women of the Bauhaus and the many contemporary female Nordic artists, who live through the application of their personal style in various applied arts.”
www.francescacapellini.com

Maja Celija

Maja Celija was born in Maribor in 1977 and lived in Pula, Croatia, where she pursued classical studies. After moving to Milan, she graduated in illustration studies from IED (European Institute of Design) in 1998 and earned a degree in graphic design from the Bauer Professional Training Centre in 2002. She has collaborated with several magazines, such as Ventiquattro and Diario della Settimana, and also with the daily newspaper Glas Istre. She has published illustrated volumes for Carthusia Edizioni, Editori Riuniti, and Woongjin. Some of her works have been displayed in collective and individual exhibitions all over the world. She lives and works in Pesaro.

Paola Chartroux

I studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich, Switzerland, then worked as an illustrator, drawing images for advertising campaigns, books and magazines. Some of my clients are: the World Health Organisation, Viareggio Film Festival, WWF, Q8, Gambero Rosso, Lottomatica, Mondadori, RCS, BNL, the Municipality of Rome, Young e Rubicam, Saatchi Saatchi, Pfizer, Snai and others. My clay illustrations were selected for the European Design Annual of 2000. I also study professional videography and film editing and do news reports for Rai (Italian Public Television), and for stand-alone productions from many different countries, such as Eritrea, Uganda, Peru, Bolivia, Senegal, and Norway. I live and work in Rome. Telling stories through drawn, patterned and filmed images has always been my passion.
www.chx.it

Francesco Chiacchio

Francesco Chiacchio (1981) lives and works in Florence. His work ranges from drawing to collage. He has illustrated books, CDs, and has also drawn short comic books. From 2010 to 2012 he illustrated the cultural pages of La Repubblica di Firenze. In 2009 he created drawings for the X (Suite for Malcom) multimedia project, composed by saxophone player Francesco Bearzatti for his Tinissima Quartet, which was shown both in Europe and in the United States. In 2013 he displayed his works in an exhibition entitled “Il segno come racconto”, held at the art gallery Il Ponte (Florence), together with the artwork of Aleksandra Zurczak. He loves to cultivate words in his “words garden”, to water them with different marks and, after looking at their growth from afar, pick them in a drawing.
www.francescochiacchio.com

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Giovanni Da Re

Passionate about drawing from a young age, after attending high school he enrolled in a three-year illustration program at IED (European Institute of Design) in Milan. He works for both Italian and foreign clients, developing different styles according to the commission: magazines, school-aged children’s narrative, school books, and other things. To create his drawings he relies on his Mac, graphics tablet, and other digital tools.
www.giovannidare.com

Chiara Dattola

Chiara Dattola lives and works between Milan and Paris. She’s one of the official illustrators of the Italian newspapers Corriere della Sera and Internazionale. She collaborates with Italian and foreign publishing houses for young readers. Her illustrations are displayed in collective and individual exhibitions, both in Italy and abroad. Passionately fond of outsider art, she curated a comic book for children, Giovan Battista!, about Art Brut’s artist Giovanni Battista Podestà, a unique publication for children in Italy. She is professor of the evening and day-time illustration course at IED (European Institute of Design) in Milan.
www.chiaradattola.com
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Toni Demuro

Toni Demuro was born in hills of Sardinia in the spring of 1974. After graduating in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari, he specialised in the field of illustrations. He has taken part in exhibitions and contests and has obtained various recognitions. His works were published in Italy by Eli-La Spiga Edizioni and in France by Éditions d'Orbestier and La Palissade, he has collaborated with magazines and publishing houses in different countries, such as the United Kingdom, France, Holland, Russia, Greece and Mexico.
www.tonidemuro.com

Katiuscia Demartino

Katiuscya Dimartino was born in the radiant Sicily and grew up in Trieste, where she began her artistic studies. She graduated in conservation and restoration of cultural heritage in Udine and then collaborated with some museums in Trieste in the field of museology and cataloguing. She has worked for various companies in publishing, packaging and communication. Since 2005 she has dedicated herself professionally to illustration, collaborating with various Italian publishing houses. She enhanced her technical abilities with artists such as Pia Valentinis, Carll Cneut and Roberto Innocenti and, from 2008 to 2011, she became part of the Annual of Italian Illustrators. Since 2013, she has been curating the visual communications campaign for the United Nations’ Aviation Safety Department. Currently she lives in Valenza, Spain, where she works for the United Nations as a graphic artist.
http://katiuscyadimartino.blogspot.com.es/

Zosia Dzierzawska

Illustrator and comics author, she was born in Warsaw in 1983. She studied comparative literature at the University of Warsaw and illustration at MiMaster in Milan. She published her work in Poland, Italy, Great Britain and USA. In 2014 she was selected at the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition and at the Society of Illustrators of New York. She currently lives in Zurich.

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Fabio Facchinetti

I graduated in Painting from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. I worked as freelance graphic designer, illustrator and art director for a comic book publishing house. I have also created several murals and outfittings, both for private and public authorities. I have taken part in many international festivals, including “Le immagini della fantasia” and “Il labirinto del mondo, il paradiso del cuore” curated by the Pedagogicke Muzeum J. A. Komenskeho in Prague. Some of my artwork was selected and published in workshops and experimental editorial projects. From 2007 to 2011 I collaborated with the city of Brugherio as coordinator of the student section of the exhibition entitled “Le immagini della fantasia in Sarmede”. In 2009 I published Una notte all’oasi with Tolb and in 2012 I illustrated Horacio Quirogas’ tale Abeja hiragana published by ELI-La Spiga Edizioni. I also contributed to Il bosco della Baba Jaga, which was awarded the Andersen Award for best 6/9 year old book in 2013. The book was published by Franco Cosimo Panini. In 2014, I published À cache-coeur with Lirabelle. I have been collaborating with the magazine 5XK since 2010.
fabiofacchinetti.tumblr.com

Laura Ferracioli

Born in Rovigo, she matured professionally in Barcelona. Her drawings are two-dimensional, her graphic style can be described as vintage before vintage; she aims, where possible, to further formal simplification.
The salient features of her style are the grotesque, irony and humor, attention to composition, clear lines, a decisive stroke which is expressive not delicate, and the simulation of movement. A pop sort of simplicity. Many of these features reveal themselves also in her writing. Her ambition is to keep exercising her hands and mind, and to stay free. Oh, and she would like to work in Italy too.
www.lauraferracioli.com

Evelina Floris

Evelina Floris was born in Milan in 1981, she studied Textile Design and later graduated in Illustration from IED (European Institute of Design). She developed a passion for drawing as a child, because she felt a strong and sincere need for communication and interpretation of herself. Since 2004 she has been working as a designer, specifically in the fields of fashion, publishing and advertising.
She collaborated with the stylist Sergio Colantuoni on the staging of fashion shows and on launches with clients such as Pitti Immagine, Maliparmi and Caruso menswear. In the editorial sector she has published her work for magazines such as Glamour, MarieClaire, Fashion Magazine, Vogue and Kids Wear. Her book Dalla A alla Z was published by Harlequinn Mondadori and Bel Amì by ELI-La Spiga Edizioni. In addiction to illustration, Evelina experiments with her creativity on canvas, employing different techniques, such as collage, acrylics, and oil paints, to draw her characters. She has had many exhibitions, travelling between Rome, Paris, Milan and Como, where she currently lives and works.

Gianluca Folì

Gianluca Folì is a multi-award winning illustrator. He lives in Rome. In his illustrations there is an exquisite quality, which he seems to create without making any effort. His illustrations look like a graphic tour de force through the poetry of colours and shapes in a surreal balance. Every subject, from illustrations for adults to children’s books, benefits from his refined art and empathy. From his studio among the Castelli Romani vineyards, he collaborates as an illustrator with various clients all around the world. Gianluca loves good cooking, books and friends.

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Giacomo Garelli

Giacomo Garelli was born in Ancona. After attending art studies, his interest for drawing and visual arts led him to continue his educational path at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, from which he graduated in painting in 2007. In 2010 he was selected for the master's degree program in illustration for publishing at Ars in Fabula, through which he confirmed his love for illustration. He worked on a book project by Edizioni Fatatrac. In 2011 he was selected for the Skiaffino Calambour d’Immagini e Parole award. In February 2013 his book Never Bet the Devil Your Head, a horror story by Edgar Allan Poe, was published by Orecchio Acerbo Editore. Currently, he works as a freelance illustrator in the field of publishing both for adults and children, collaborates with private companies on the editing and illustration of e-books, and teaches Scientific Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata.

Sara Gavioli

Sara Gavioli, born in 1983, graduated in decorative arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona and then specialized in illustration for publishing in Macerata. Currently, she collaborates with publishing houses like ELI-La Spiga Edizioni, Bianconero, Editori Internazionali Riuniti, and Loescher Editore.
www.saragavioli.com
saragavioli.blogspot.fr/

Philip Giordano

Philip Giordano is an Italian illustrator born of a Philippine mother and Swiss father in a small town in Liguria. He attended the Brera Academy of Fine Arts,  IED (European Institute of Design) in Milan, and a master's degree program in animation in Turin. He currently lives in Japan. The books he illustrated have been translated all over the world. He has collaborated with world-famous magazines, museums, foundations and publishing houses. His works have been appreciated and awarded by American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3x3, the Society of Illustrators of New York (silver medal), the American Society of Illustrators, White Ravens, and the International Award for Illustration. He also took part in many editions of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Ilustrarte (International Biennial of Illustration of Lisbon), Prix des Adultes and Prix des Mediateur: Figure Future 2008 at the Salon du Livre de Paris.

Andrea Goroni

I was born in 1968 in Ancona, where I live and work. After finishing scientific high school I graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata, where I attended their animation program. After some experience in the advertising field, I collaborated with Rainbow animation studio. For some years, I have been working as freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and collaborate with publishing houses such as ELI-La Spiga Edizioni, PBM – Longman, Raffaello, Giunti, Piemme, Zanichelli, and Gaia.

Matteo Gubellini

Matteo Gubellini was born in Bergamo in 1972. After attending arts high school, he graduated from the Scuola del Fumetto (School of Comics) in Milan. He’s both an illustrator and author of illustrated books. His published works include Un vero leone (Bohem Press Italia), Che piacere, signor Babau! (Bohem Press Italia), La visita della domenica (Logos), Nel cimitero (Logos), Dancing (Logos), Buzzati (Logos), Nessuna differenza!? (Principi Principi), and others. Some recognitions he has obtained are: first prize in the illustration contest “Illustrissimi” in 2006; first prize in the 2008 illustration contest “Sulle ali delle farfalle” for the 3/5 year old section; first prize in the illustration contest “Stisce di jazz” in 2011; first prize in the illustration contest “Sulle ali delle farfalle” in 2013. He runs illustration courses from time to time, workshops, and animated readings accompanying himself on the guitar or with books and puppets. He is a singer-songwriter and accompanies his repertoire on the guitar.
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www.matteogubellini.blogspot.com

Riccardo Guasco

Riccardo Guasco (Rik), illustrator and painter, was born in Alessandria in 1975. Influenced by artistic movements like Cubism and Futurism, and by personalities like Picasso, Depero and Feininger, he draws using simple lines and few colours, trying to express a lightness of form and chromatic warmth. In love with posters, which he considers a communications medium useful to educate about the beauty in the world, he combines poetry and irony, creating images which make the eyes smile too. His illustrations appear in advertising campaigns, magazines, books, hats and bicycles. He’s delighted at the chance he had to collaborate with Eni, TIM, Diesel, Rizzoli, Baldini Castoldi, Poste Italiane, Campo Viejo, Giunti, Moleskine, Rapha, Thames Hudson, DeAgostini, Sole 24 Ore, Emergency, Greenpeace, Rai, and L’Espresso.
www.riccardoguasco.com/

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Maria Hergueta

Mara Hergueta is a Spanish illustrator who lives between Barcelona and Malm, Sweden. She studied fine arts at the University of Salamanca, Barcelona and at Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. She also studied illustration at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. Since 5 years, she works as freelance illustrator for clients like The New York Times, Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House, Alfaguara, Anaya, Planeta, and others.
www.mariahergueta.com

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Libellulart

Libellulart is a creative studio born in 2007 in Turin,which concerns itself with illustration, graphics, and visual design. Elisa Scesa, Eleonora Casetta and Daniele La Placa are the illustrators and founders of the studio. They work there weaving their competences together with those of other photography, video, and web design professionals, in order to create multimedia communication projects.
www.libellulart.com

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Alberto Macone

I was born in the United States to Italian globe-trotting parents, but grew up in Gaeta, a small town on the sea in Lazio. The most important trip of my life occurred 25 years ago, when, with great expectations, I moved 13 km north of Rome to study biology and cultivate my passion for art. Since then I never left. I live and work in Rome as a researcher in the field of biochemistry and, more than ever, I keep cultivating my passion for art, drawing and illustration.
tenderdove-dovetender.blogspot.it

Valentina Mai

Valentina earned a specialization in illustration with A. Galloni, L. Zwerger, J. Borda, and S. Junakovic. She has received several recognitions, among them Total Author at the Bologna Children’s Books Fair in 2000 and at the Sarmede International Exhibition of Illustration for Children’s in 2005 and 2006. She also received the Illustrazione Italiana award in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 and the Commarts Award in 2010. She currently collaborates with several publishing houses and magazines in Italy and abroad.

Antonio Marinoni

Antonio Marinoni was born in Vigevano in 1960. He graduated in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1983 and, for many years, has been teaching at an arts secondary school. He has drawn textiles, decorations for tiles (Gabbianelli), and plates (Richard-Ginori). Afterwards, he specialized in interior painting, working with the Galleria Blanchaert in Milan, and creating a series of works which gradually got him interested in illustration. He was selected for the 2004 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. As an illustrator, he has collaborated with Pulcinoelefante, Giuseppe Aletti, Giunti, and Klutz.

Simone Massoni

Simone Massoni is a visual artist. His job is to take care of (and also care about) everything that is visually stimulating. From Florence, the city that adopted him, he creates images and paintings that travel around the world through books, magazines, exhibitions and artistic installations.

Gustavo Mazali

Gustavo Mazali is a multi-award winning Argentinian illustrator, creator of several publications for children.

Martina Merlini

Martina Merlini was born in Bologna in 1986. She lives between Milan and Bologna.
Among others, she collaborated with: Nike Italia, Peuterey, Vice Italia, Zelle ArteContemporanea, Pizza Magazine, Studio Pepe, Pry Agency, Ivano Redaelli, Rivista Studio, Diner Journal, Link Magazine, Mondadori, Assab One, The Milan Review, Rumore Bianco.

Margherita Micheli

Illustrator from Urbino, Margherita published many illustrated books. Since 2011, she teaches Film Planning and Animation Design at the Depero arts secondary school in Rovereto.

Sara Migneco

Cartoonist and illustrator, Sara graduated from an art institute in 1989, in 1995 from the School of Graphic Journalism in Perugia, and in 2002 in animation from  the Milan School of Cinema. In 1994 she was awarded Premio Satira Politica di Forte dei Marmi's Young People’s prize. As a cartoonist, she has collaborated with Comix and Linus; she has also collaborated with the author Amlo on Cuore, Musica! by Repubblica. Since 1999 Migneco and Amlo have been working together, publishing strips in Smemoranda, Il Diavolo, Il Grande Vetro, and La Dose (the humorous and satirical website fanofunny.com). In 2000 she was indicated as best cartoonist at the BJCEM (Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean). In 2001 she produced a short film, The Big Chili, which stood out in many Italian and international festivals. In 2002 Migneco and Amlo won the Pino Zac Award for Emerging Graphics at Forte dei Marmi. Since 2011, she has been actively collaborating with RCS Publishing, creating illustrations, comics and comic strips for their extracurricular book series.

Amalia Mora

Amalia Mora, born in Cupra Marittima (AP) in 1982, is an illustrator and graphic designer. As an illustrator and cartoonist, she has collaborated with several publishing houses, magazines and media agencies. She often collaborates with musicians, with whom she produces artistic video-installations for her solo exhibitions, personally overseeing both direction and animation.
www.amaliamora.com

Giovanni Munari

For several years now, Giovanni has been working as a graphic designer and illustrator for both Italian and foreign publishing houses, and has always been passionate about illustrated books. After having graduated in the field of publishing and visual communication from ISIA (Institute for Industrial Arts) in Urbino, in 2009 he graduated in animation from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Experimental Film Centre) in Turin. He worked in Rome as a creative artist for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Boing for three years and currently lives and works in Modena. Author and director of Arithmetique, he won the Best Student Film at the Istanbul Animation Festival and was selected for several national and international festivals. Sono Acqua is the first book he published as both author and illustrator.

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Lisa Nanni

Lisa Nanni was born in Novafeltria in the province of Pesaro-Urbino in 1983. Currently, she lives in Ponte Messa, Pennabilli. After graduating as an advertising graphic designer from arts secondary school in Riccione, she attended the animation design specialization program at the Scuola del Libro in Urbino. She is currently attending her 3rd year at ISIA (Institute for Industrial Arts) in Urbino. Since the very beginning of her career she has achieved resounding success in various competitions. Her artwork has been displayed in several exhibitions, both collective and individual. In 2007 she was selected for the illustrator's exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair and for the “Disegni al Sole” exhibition promoted by Celle Ligure.

Viola Niccolai

Viola Niccolai was born in Castel del Piano on Mount Amiata (GR) in 1986. She graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, then she attended a master's degree program in illustration in Bologna. In 2012 she was selected for the Illustrators Exhibition in Bologna, and in 2014 for Ilustrarte (International Biennial of Illustration of Lisbon). Together with Silvia Rocchi and Francesca Lanzarini she created an exhibition project, which was then transformed into a book, Bosco di Betulle. She is part of the La Trama Autoproduzioni organization and has collaborated with The New York Times, Hamelin magazine, Feltrinelli and Topipittori.
http://cargocollective.com/violaniccolai

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Claudia Palmarucci

Claudia Palmarucci was born in Tolentino in 1985. Currently, she lives and works in Macerata. In 2009 she graduated in decoration from the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata. In 2008 she got closer to illustration through a summer course held in Macerata first by Vitali Konstantinov, then by Maurizio Quarello. In 2009 she enrolled in Ars in Fabula's master's degree program, during which she worked with the publishing house Orecchio Acerbo on the book La Rosa, her debut in 2011, thanks to which she was selected for Ilustrarte and for the CJ Picture Book. In 2011, 2013 and 2015 she was selected for the ilustrators exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In March 2012 I Musicanti di Brema, was publishedby Orecchio Acerbo. In 2013 she was one of the Italian candidates choosen by Ibby to represent Italy at the prestigious Biennial of Illustration Bratislava. In the same year and in 2015 she was selected to participate in the Sharjah Exhibition for Children’s Book Illustrations in the United Arab Emirates. In 2015 three comic books she illustrated were published: Le double, published by Editions Notari (Switzerland), Fuenteovejuna, by Eli Publishing (Italy), Le case degli altri bambini, published by Orecchio Acerbo Editore. She is one of the Nami Contest 2015 (Korea) candidates.
www.claudiapalmarucci.com

Martina Peluso

Martina Peluso was born in Naples in 1980, where she lives and works. She studied Printmaking Techniques at the Filippo Palizzi Institute of Fine Arts in Naples and she attended illustration courses in Sarmede and Pavia. In 2006 she had her first solo exhibition “Circus” at Carampa in Madrid. In 2007 she exhibited “Il Cantico delle Creature – immagini di un mondo di grazia” in Assisi. Since 2006 she has been involved in the field of illustration for children and published her works with various publishing houses both in Europe and in America. She holds artistic workshops in several schools in Naples and is curator of various exhibitions.
http://martinapelusoillustratrice.blogspot.com

Lucia Perugini

Lucia Perugini was born in Fano in 1980. She graduated in Pictorial Decoration fro Lucia Perugini was born in Fano in 1980. She graduated in pictorial decoration from the Apolloni arts secondary school and earned a degree in film animation from art school in Urbino. Later, she enrolled in an illustration course held by Giacinto Gaudenzi. After her studies she continued her research in the field of visual arts, dedicating herself to painting and participating in various contests and collective exhibitions.
luciaperugini.blogspot.com

Rita Petruccioli

Rita Petruccioli was born in Rome in 1982. She attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and ENSAD (National School of Decorative Arts) in Paris, where she specialized in illustration and graphic arts. Her work has been displayed in Italy, France and Germany. She illustrated Das Nibelungenleid and Cantar de mio Cid, both published by ELI-La Spiga  Edizioni; I racconti di Punteville written by Gianluca Caporaso and published by Lavieri Edizioni; Miti Romani by Carola Susani, and Orlando furioso e innamorato, written by Idalberto Fei for the publishing house La Nuova Frontiera Junior. She created the pop up book La Mythologie grecque for the French publishing house Auzou Editions, published in Italy by White Star Kids. She also illustrated Storie di bambini molto antichi, written by Laura Orvieto andpublished by Mondadori.

Gloria Pizzilli

Gloria Pizzilli, born in Tuscany in 1983, lives and works as freelance illustrator in Toulouse, France.
Her clients include: The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, GQ USA, Wired Italia, La Stampa, L’Espresso, Feltrinelli, Mondadori, ELI-La Spiga Edizioni, Éditions du Seuil.
www.gloriapizzilli.com

Simone Pontieri

I was born in Ancona in 1979. I attended animation school in Urbino and then became a pupil of draftsman Giacinto Gaudenzi. I work mainly in the field of television advertisement, inventing characters and settings. I also illustrate novels, stories, comic books and create storyboards.

Veronica Pozzi

My name is Veronica Pozzi, I was born in Bormio in 1985 and I’m an illustrator. After attending secondary school in the United States, I moved to Milan, where I studied graphic design for advertising at IED (European Institute of Design). Later, I attended a master's degree course in illustration for publishing. At the moment I work as freelancer, collaborating with many publishing houses and design specialised brands like La Rinascente Casa. I write and illustrate children’s books, I run drawing courses for children, and I’m also interested in packaging, which I use to create or renovate the image of companies I work with. I create design products, such as work bags, agendas, calendars, party favours, personalised gift ideas, patterns and fonts.
www.veronicapozzi.it

Elena Prette

Elena Prette creates different types of illustrations, such as illustrations for children’s books, boardgames, apps, websites, magazines and canvas. She favours less conventional projects, loves the research stage of each assignment and feels a certain envy for minimalist graphic designers. Passionate about animation and illustrated books, she works mostly digitally. She collaborates with several publishing houses and communication agencies such as ELI-La Spiga Edizioni, Mondadori, Carthusia, Saatchi&Saatchi NY, Armando Testa, and Corriere della Sera.
www.elenaprette.com

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Luigi Raffaelli

Luigi Raffaelli was born and raised in Pesaro, where he currently lives and works. After his classical studies he moved to Milan, where he studied illustration at IED (European Institute of Design) and graphics at CFP Bauer. After that, he worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. He collaborated with different publishing houses, such as Orecchio Acerbo, Topipittori, Einaudi Scuola, Mondadori Ragazzi, ELI-La Spiga Edizioni, Paravia Bruno Mondadori, and Campanotto. His works have been published in Tokyo, Addis Abeba, Helskinki, Mexico City, Marseille and in many Italian cities such as Bologna, Milan and Urbino. In 2005 he represented Italy at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava. Since 2006, he has been working as a professor of illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.

Simone Rea

Simone Rea was born in 1975 in Albano Laziale, where he lives and works. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, he specialized in the field of illustration. He took part in several exhibitions and contests in Italy and abroad, and also received some recognitions. A lot of his work is currently forthcoming both in Italy and abroad.

Andrea Rivola

Andrea lives immersed in the rural landscape of the Valle del Senio, Riolo Terme, in the company of inseparable and varied characters created by his imaginative pencils. An enthusiastic illustrator, he has published his works in Italy and abroad.
A determined winemaker, he cheers thirsty throats with his traditional wines.
www.andrearivola.blogspot.it

Richolly Rosazza

Richolly Rosazza was born in Ancash, Peru, in 1981. In 2005 he graduated as an art professor from the Art Academy in Huaraz, capital of the Peruvian Andes. The subject of his research has always been the world of children, in particular their creative ability to turn everything into play. Since 2007 he has been living in Lecco, Italy, where he has had the opportunity of discovering the world of illustration, to which he now devotes himself passionately. In 2011 he won the Malagutti Foundation's international illustration contest “Diritti a Colori”. In 2012 he won Città del Sole's Illustrator of the Year. In 2013 he was one of the candidates for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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Giulia Sagramola

Giulia Sagramola (Fabriano, 1985), is a freelance illustrator, comic book author, and graphic designer. She studied visual communication at ISIA (Institute for Industrial Arts) in Urbino and illustration at Escola Massana in Bracellona. She collaborates with Topipittori, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vice, Einaudi, Giunti, and Feltrinelli. In 2010 she created Teiera, an independent label she curates with Cristina Spanò and Sarah Mazzetti, which publishes collective books and small illustrated fanzines. She creates hand-made objects like her monster-pillows, cases, cloth bags, pins, and t-shirts, all with her drawings depicted on them. She holds workshops both for children and adults on self-production and comic books narrative. She lived in Bologna for four years, where she became an ice-cream shop expert. In 2015 she found herself in Angouleme (France), for an artist-in-residence program, where she is working on the the graphic novel Incendi estivi.
www.giuliasagramola.it

Felicita Sala

Felicita is a self-taught illustrator born in Rome but raised in Australia. She graduated in philosophy from the University of Western in Australia in 2002. After many ups and downs while travelling around the world she settled in Rome, where she illustrates books and magazines and collaborates on paper-cut animation projects.
felicitasala.blogspot.com

Julia Sardà

My name is Júlia Sardà and I live in Barcellona. I am an illustrator and graphic designer. After gaining experience by working for Disney and in the field of video games, I started developing my own style. At the moment I’m very busy in the field of children's illustrations, which I love and which gives me lot of satisfaction. I have illustrated some classics, such as Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can discover my work by visiting my website.
www.juliasarda.com

Lucia Sforza

After earning a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, she studied traditional and unconventional printmaking techniques in Spain, Bulgaria and Luxembourg. She took part in many illustration courses in Rome and Sarmede. She was selected at Ilustrarte in Barreiro (Portugal), and was part of the Annual of Italian Illustrators from 2007 to 2014. She has participated in many illustration and etching exhibitions. She has also published her works with several Italian and foreign publishers. For a long time now, she has been conducting teaching activities in the fields of illustration, etching, and book design in public schools and in cooperation with associations and museums.
www.luciasforza.it

Marco Somà

Marco Somà was born in Cuneo in 1983. After studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, he attended the master's degree program in illustration for publishing at Ars in Fabula in Macerata. He works as an illustrator of children’s books, is a professor of illustration, and runs workshops for children. His books have been distributed by many publishing houses both in Italy and abroad. His illustrations were selected for the Italian Illustrators Association's 2011, at the 31st Edition of “Le Immagini della Fantasia” in Sarmede, and at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition in 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2015 he received the Emanuele Luttazzi - Gigante delle Langhe award for his illustrations in La regina delle rane non può bagnarsi in piedi, a comic book published by Kite Edizioni.
marcosoma.blogspot.com

Flavia Sorrentino

Her career as an illustrator and children’s literature writer began in 2008, when she published her first illustrated book. Since then her drawings have reached France, the United States, and Korea, encompassing the world of illustration in its entirety. She has an innate passion for book covers, Toulouse Lautrec and poetry in any form, the history of custom, lettering, Tina Turner, and tomato sauce.

Cristina Spanò

Cristina Spanò studies graphic design and visual communication at ISIA (Institute for Industrial Arts) in Urbino. She currently lives and works as an illustrator for publishing houses, magazines, and newspapers in Barcelona. In 2014 she published her first graphic novel, Habitaciones Intimas (Bang Ediciones) in France and Spain.
www.cristinaspano.com

Sara Stefanini

Sara Stefanini was born in Sorengo, Switzerland, in 1982. In 2006 she graduated in illustration and multimedia animation from IED (European Institute of Design) in Milan. She currently works as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator for Italian and foreign magazines and publishing houses. She has published her works with Edition Notari and ELI-La Spiga Edizioni. She loves books, buttons and her dachshund, Ettore.
sarastefanini.blogspot.com

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Victor Tavares

I’m a Brazilian self-educated illustrator born in 1971. For 20 years now, I have been illustrating books and magazines. For four years, I worked as animator in an Animation studio in Brasil and, for two years in an Animation studio in Ireland. I also worked as a freelance animator for the television production of the Disney film Aladdin. I have illustrated books and magazines in Brasil, England, United States, Italy and South Korea, which were also sold in Finland, Norway, Greece, Spain, and Portugal. I worked with Usborne, Scalzo, Macmillan, Oxford, University Press, Coccinella, Pearson Education, Cambridge University Press, ELI-La Spiga Edizioni, Agaworld, Heinemann, and other publishing houses. I live in Brasilia with my wife and son.

Daniela Tieni

Daniela was born in Rome in 1982. She graduated in scenic design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, then earned a specialization in art therapy. She currently works as a freelance illustrator for magazines and publishing houses, both Italian and foreign. She was selected for the Ilustrarte(International Biennial of Illustration of Lisbon) catalogue and exhibition in 2009, 2012 and 2014 and for the 2012 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. She has published her work with Kite Edizioni, Editori Internazionali Riuniti, el Verano del Cohete, ELI-La Spiga Edizioni and the French publisher Rouergue.
danielatieni.blogspot.it

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Arianna Vairo

Arianna Vairo (Milan, 1985) is an illustrator and engraver. She has collaborated with The New York Times, the Abramović Institute, The New Republic, GQ, Vice, Il Sole24Ore, Rolling Stone, and Bang (SE). She has illustrated 14 children’s books with different publishers, such as Topipittori, A Buen Paso, ELI-La Spiga Edizioni, Lápis de Memórias (PT), Giannino Stoppani Edizioni, and Helbling Reader. Her work has been displayed in many collective and individual exhibitions, both in Italy and abroad. Her work has been recognised by American Illustration 34, Society of Illustrators 57, Communication Arts 2014, 3x3 Honourable Mention 2014, Bologna Children’s Book Fair (2011, 2014), Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2011, White Ravens 2012, Pavia Illustration Festival 2012, and Carte d’Arte all’Angelo 2011. Since 2014 she has been teaching Printmaking and Illustration at IED (European Institute of Design) in Milan.
www.ariannavairo.com

Valerio Vidali

Valerio Vidali was born in Lodi in 1983. In 2004 he graduated in illustration from IED (European Institute of Design) in Milan. Since then, he has been collaborating as a freelance illustrator for many magazines and publishing houses in Italy and abroad. His work has received many recognitions in international contests and exhibitions; among them, the Grand Prix at Ilustrarte 2012 (International Biennial of Illustration of Lisbon), the 2012 CJ Picture Book Award in Korea, the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. His last book, Jemmy Button (Templar – Candlewick 2013) was included by The New York Times in their list of the 10 Best Picture Books of 2013. Valerio lives and works in Berlin.
www.valeriovidali.com

Alessandra Vitelli

Alessandra was born in Napoli in 1979. She earned a specialization in illustration from the International School of Comics in Naples, then attended courses by Linda Wolfsbrugher, S. Junakovic, Octavia Monaco, Carll Cneut and Arianna Papini. She has won several awards and recognitions in different national and international contests. She conducts teaching and lab activities. From 2010 to 2012 she taught illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. She is currently working on several publications in Italy and abroad.
http://alessandravitelli.blogspot.com

Daniela Volpari

Daniela, born in Rome in 1985, graduated in illustration from the International School of Comics. She was selected in several contests, and won the first prize at the 2010 ‘Calendario Tapirulan’ contest. She participated in many exhibitions in Italy and abroad (MondoPop in Rome, Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles, Arludik in Paris). Her works were published in Italy, France, Spain, South America, New Zealand, Korea, and Canada.
www.danielavolpari.blogspot.it

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Monica Zani

Monica Zani was born in Faenza, where she lives and works. Illustrator and freelance graphic designer, since 1993 she has been collaborating with advertising agencies, studios, publishing houses, local development agencies, schools, publishing houses, and private clients. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the Ballardini arts secondary school in Faenza and a degree in graphic design from the International School of Design in Modena. She has received some recognition and awards. She currently displays her paintings at Gallerie d’Artistes in Lille, as well as in Paris, Toulouse, San Paolo and Barcelona.
www.monicazani.com