Ätakontu Colectivo (BASQUE COUNTRY)
Ätakontu live and work in Bilbao. They created this artistic project that is mainly based on fabric printing at the end of 2008/early 2009. They transfer their graphic work to a fabric medium while pushing the boundaries of art/no-art.
After having been awarded grants at different artistic production centres including the Bilbaoarte Foundation (Bilbao), Arteleku (Donostia-San Sebastian) and taking part in different contests and events, Ätakontu opened their workshop-showroom in Bilbao in April 2012.
Everything they produce is designed, cut, crafted and printed by Ätakontu at their Bilbao workshop. They mix new technologies and traditional processes when making their garments.
Anna Emilia Laitinen was born in 1983 in a small Finnish village called Leppävirta.
She studied graphic design in Finland and Iceland, specialising in Illustration.
Anna Emilia paints stories about weather, landscapes and people immersed in the power of nature. Her works are published all over the world in books, magazines, textiles, greeting cards and album covers.
Anna Emilia now lives in Tampere, a city surrounded by blue lakes and pine forests, where she observes the changing seasons.
Museo Fundación Cristóbal Balenciaga (BASQUE COUNTRY)
CRISTÓBAL BALENCIAGA MUSEUM.
Miren Vives Almandoz,
After training as an economist, Miren’s career of over 17 years has been in the cultural sector where she has worked in the strategic planning and management of museums and, previously, in analysing, designing and implementing cultural policies of the public sector.
She has produced studies and articles in this field and has lectured in subjects linked to cultural management at different international and national educational institutions.
Since 2014, Miren has been the Director of the Cristóbal Balenciaga museum, in Getaria, the only institution permanently dedicated to preserving, studying and disseminating the figure and work of the Master of Haute Couture.
Museo ABC (MADRID)
After graduating in History of Art from the University of Extremadura, where she specialised in Modern and Contemporary Art (1986-1991), Inmaculada completed a Master’s Degree in Museography and Exhibition Techniques at the Higher Centre of Architecture – Camuñas Foundation in Madrid from 1994 to 1995.
Inmaculada trained in the Valuation and Appraisal of Works of Art at the Madrid School of Art and Antiquities in 2003 and she has been the Director of the ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration / ABC Collection Foundation since 2007.
Throughout her career, Inmaculada has given numerous talks, classes and lectures on museography, designing exhibitions and the preservation and handling of works on paper.
She has likewise curated and headed numerous exhibition projects.
Illustrator, filmmaker (CATALONIA)
Marta Puig, better known as Lyona, was born in Barcelona in 1979 and is a filmmaker and illustrator.
She graduated in filmmaking at the ESCAC and since then has made over eighty videoclips for groups such as Love of Lesbian, Sidonie, Lori Meyers, Carlos Sadness, Amaral… to name just a few.
In 2011, she published her first illustrated story, Yo mataré monstruos por ti, written by Santi Balmes, and since then has published 15 more books including Mis primeros Primeros Besos, Mr. Garabato and Alyona.
Illustrator, designer (CATALONIA)
Javier Mariscal was born in Valencia and he moved to Barcelona in 1971, where he studied graphic design at the Elisava School. In 1973, he co-founded the Rrollo Enmascarado, the first underground comic in Spain. Javier started his career with different art exhibitions at the end of the 1970s. His work was published in different magazines and the odd book. Javier designed the Bal Cel Ora poster, which would become one of the city’s icons (Barcelona, 1979).
In 1988, Cobi was chosen as the mascot for the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games. The following year, Javier Mariscal founded the Mariscal Studio at Palo Alto. It would be the country’s first multidisciplinary creative studio.
In 1999, Javier received the National Design Prize.
Chico and Rita, the animated feature-length film that he co-directed with Fernando Trueba, premiered in 2010. The film won a Goya Award and was nominated for an Oscar for the Best Animated Feature. After a career filled with different commissions and recognitions,
Mariscal is currently working on the preliminary drawings for They Shot the Piano Player, an animated documentary film co-directed with Fernando Trueba.
Illustrator (BASQUE COUNTRY)
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 and spent her final year in Buenos Aires. Her work has been shown in different exhibitions in Spain, Argentina and Mexico.
Miren has designed posters for various musical and theatrical projects and festivals, as well as a project-image for Amnesty International. In 2012, Hara, the book 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 the SM Foundation, The Ilustradero and the Guadalajara International Book Fair (Mexico). Her works convey the magic of everyday life, the charm of small moments that hold a secret to be deciphered.
Publisher Limonero (ARGENTINA)
Limonero is an Argentine independent label, focused and bent on publishing and disseminating books. Founded by Lulu Kirschenbaum and Manuel Rud in 2014, Limonero seeks to publish novel and imaginative works from the perspective of illustration and its literary aspects. The 24 titles in the Limonero catalogue include works by well-known authors and illustrators, of the ilk of María Teresa Andruetto, Catarina Sobral, Laura Wittner, Micaela Chirif, Renato Moriconi, Germano Zullo and Albertine, along with artists who are starting out in the art of illustrated books.
As regards its business development and visibility, Limonero is based and distributes in Argentina, but it is also represented on the main Spanish-speaking markets and is a regular exhibitor at international and national fairs. Among its awards and citations, Limonero has received this year the prestigious BOP Prize, for the Best Latin American Publisher 2018, awarded by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
María Luque was born in Rosario and lives in Buenos Aires. Since 2005, she has exhibited her work at museums and galleries in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Spain.
Mária works as a publishing house illustrator and runs workshops. In 2011, she set up the Merienda dibujo project, a series of meetings with artists. She is co-founder of the Furioso de Dibujo Festival.
She took part in Informe, historieta argentina del siglo XXI, published by the Editorial Municipal de Rosario.
She is the author of La mano del pintor, a graphic novel on Cándido López (Sigilo, 2016, L’Agrume Éditions 2017), Casa transparente (Sexto Piso, Ciudades Iberoamericanas Graphic Novel Award) and Noticias de pintores (Sigilo, 2019).
William Grill is a London based illustrator who has worked for a variety of clients such as the New York Times, Amnesty International, Harrods and Shelter.
His first book Shackleton’s Journey made him the second youngest winner of the Kate Greenaway award in 2014, and his second book The Wolves of Currumpaw won the Bologna Raggazzi Award for non-fiction in 2017.
William is currently working on his third book.
Publishers Elkar Taldea (BASQUE COUNTRY)
Olatz Osa heads the Elkar Argitaletxeak publishing group and Alaitz Aizpuru coordinates its Literature Division.
Elkar Argitaletxeak is a group made up of the Elkar, Ttarttalo, Txertoa and Sua publishing houses In the Basque Country.
Each one of the Group’s publishers has its own profiles and works in different areas. As regards literature, the Publishing Group’s catalogues include works of young adult and children’s literature, essays and nature and mountain books. Most of which are published in Basque.
Ttarttalo is the group’s publisher most frequently involved in co-publication and has published up to 60 titles a year using that formula. This publisher’s full catalogue exceeds 560 titles, Including Bidaia, by Nobrow, the British publisher, and Everest, soon to be published in Basque.
Editorial Nobrow/Flying Eye Books (ENGLAND)
Sam Arthur is co-founder and CEO of Nobrow, the graphic arts publisher set up in 2008.
Working together with Alex Spiro, the pair have built a reputation for bringing all sorts of new and engaging of stories to life.
Nobrow has a roster of authors and illustrators including Andrew Rae, Jon McNaught, Jim Stoten and Luke Pearson.
In 2013 the publisher set up Flying Eye Books, its children’s book imprint, which aims to tell stories which focus on the craft of children’s storytelling.
Sam is also co-founder and director of East London Comics and Arts Festival (ELCAF) and Deputy Chairman of the Association of Illustrators (AOI).
Illustrator (S KOREA)
In 2006, Miju Lee studied for B.F.A in Industrial Design at Hongik University, Korea and subsequently, in 2011, went on to study Creative Illustration at the EINA University School of Design and Art of Barcelona.
Miju Lee’s work has also been shown in individual and group exhibitions around the world.
She has also held different artistic residences in museums in Asia, in South Korea and Busan.
Two of her books are currently published in Europe:
Mi vida sin ti, Editorial Belleza Infinita , published in Bilbao in 2012 and Origen del Universo, with Éditions du livre, Strasbourg France) in the same year.
Publisher Belleza Infinita (BASQUE COUNTRY)
Garikoitz Fraga (Bilbao, 1971) studied Fine Arts (University of the Basque Country -UPV/EHU) and Music (Bilbao Conservatoire). Since 2002, Garikoitz has headed Belleza Infinita and Belleza, with which he publishes and distributes unclassifiable genre publications to foster other ways of perceiving, expressing and thinking.
His major successes include the exercise books with impossible lines, the books written in blabla, the Idea instruction manual to build the world, the PornoTapados, the humour of Amarillo Indio, the ideas of Miguel Noguera, the Basque smurfs, among many others.
He spends a long time working with authors, selecting content, scanning and cleaning Images, deciding on the concepts, the order and layout, the size, paper and fonts. The aim is for the finished book to be a work of art in its itself.
Garikoitz publishes large print runs, with reasonable prices for the book market, affordable for years at many different places. He distributes through the best bookshops, at museum shops, comic stores, art galleries, Internet, etc. He disseminates and promotes by taking part in fairs, festivals and exhibitions. He organises activities. He shares questions and experiences in talks and workshops.
Illustrator (S KOREA)
Jisu Choi is an illustrator who draws and writes stories about travel and place.
She graduated from the Korea Animation High School and majored in visual graphics T Hong-ik University.
After graduating, Jisu Choi worked as a freelance illustrator.
She wrote Ms Gattganggu, where are you going today?, a travel essay drawing book.
Commercially, she produces comic books prolifically through independent publishing.
ADA / FIL Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA)
Alexiev Gandman is an illustrator, graphic designer, professional photographer and lecturer. Alexiev studied with Pérez Celis, Hermenegildo Sábat, Roque Pronesti, Martín Rwnyj, Istvansch, Mónica Weiss and Graciela Repún. In 2001, he was awarded the “Luchemos por la Vida” award. His Los planos de mi ciudad book received the “Destacados ALIJA” award and White Raven was also included In the Best Book of the Year category. Alexiev now has over 80 books published, some as far afield as China, Canada, Germany, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Australia and Argentina.
He runs the Giant Art section in Disney Junior’s Art Attack programme. Alexiev is the secretary of the Argentine Illustrators Association (ADA) and works with a group of colleagues to organise the professional seminars at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair.
AOI / Association of illustrators (ENGLAND)
As a practitioner, writer and advisor, Derek Brazell has been involved in the illustration world for many years. As an illustrator, Derek created a string of successful picture books for children, including his first picture book Cleversticks, published in 1992 and still in print, and Lima’s Red Hot Chilli for Mantra Lingua.
His books examining illustration with co-author Jo Davies are Becoming A Successful Illustrator 2nd Ed. (Bloomsbury, 2017), Understanding Illustration (2014), and Making Great Illustration (2011).
Derek regularly reviews children’s books and has spoken on illustration matters at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair for many years. His role at the UK’s Association of Illustrators includes being publisher of Varoom magazine as well as contract and licensing advice to members and lectures on the illustration business for universities, closely supporting illustrators in all areas of their careers.
JOO JUNG YUN
Seoul Illustration Fair (S KOREA)
Joo Jung Yun is the Professional exhibition organizer and also the chief director of Seoul illustration fair. He is CEO of OCMAKERS as well.
Insu Lee is a visual artist, illustrator and educator based in Seoul. He earned a BFA in Visual Design from Hongik University in Seoul and an MFA from the Illustration at School of Visual Arts in New York. He has completed multiple projects as an illustrator with a wide range of clients including the New York Times, Village Voice, HarperCollins Publishers, MTV, Samsung, Hyundae, KIA Motors, DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza), to name a few. He has won numerous international illustration awards including the American Illustration Awards, 3X3 Professional Show, World Illustration Awards, Creative Quarterly, and iJungle International Illustration Awards. His works have also displayed over 50 times in various galleries and museums in the USA, Asia and Europe. Since 2015, Insu Lee has consulted on and planned exhibitions, and given artist talks and seminars for Seoul Illustration Fair (SIF), including three global illustration exhibitions aimed at showcasing the global illustration trend to Korea. He is currently an active member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and teaches illustration at Hongik University in Seoul.
Revista Emilia (BRAZIL)
INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING CONSULTANT (BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR)
AND FOUNDER OF THE REVISTA EMILIA MAGAZINE.
Dolores Prades is the publisher of the Revista Emilia magazine. She is a publishing consultant, has a PhD in Economic History from Sao Paulo University (USP) and specialized in Children’s Literature at the Autónoma University of Barcelona. She was the curator and coordinator of the Conversas ao Pé da Página seminars (2010-2015). Since 2015, she has chaired the Emília Institute and Is one of the creators and coordinators of the Emilia Training Laboratory.
In Brazil, Dolores coordinates the Latin-American and Caribbean Reading and Writing Chair. She was a guest lecturer on the Master’s Degree at the Autónoma University of Barcelona. FLUPP Park – Literary Festival for Rio de Janeiro’s favelas curator in 2014 and 2015. Member of the jury for the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2016 and of the Bologna Ragazzi Award 2016. Since 2018, Dolores has been a consultant for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Latin America.
Ediciones El Fuerte (ARGENTINA)
Ediciones el Fuerte is a small independent publisher in Buenos Aires that publishes fanzines and posters In Risograph printing. Using drawing, graphic accounts, story compilation, abstraction, and science concepts, travel, the cosmos, cultures and obsessions, it produces fanzines and graphic work by trying out different printing technical, where the focus is on the analogue and the manual.
The work is down to Sofia Noceti and Juan Casal, both designers and illustrators. They select the themes, gather information, illustrate, publish, print and then take part In fairs. They are driven by the idea of overseeing the whole publishing process, from the idea to the production and then the sale. They print using a Risograph TR, one of the oldest types of those machines.
Etxepare (BASQUE COUNTRY)
Imanol Otaegi, born in Errenteria, has a short-cycle degree in Tourism and a long-cycle degree in Audio-visual Communication, and has over 15 years’ experience in the cultural sector. During his career, he has worked on cultural projects with an international impact and has a proven track record in producing cultural projects in different fields.
Imanol worked for the Donostia/ San Sebastián 2016 Foundation for three years.
He has also worked at the San Sebastián Festival as a production coordinator of the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section and of the Nest Film Students.
Imanol has worked in the audio-visual sector for years.
Otaegi also created the communication brand for the G-Komunika multiplatform of Gipuzkoa Provincial Council’s Youth Service.
Imanol is currently Director for the Promotion and Dissemination of Culture at the Etxepare Institute.
Eusko Jaurlaritza (BASQUE COUNTRY)
Joxean Muñoz is a Basque scriptwriter, exhibitor, film-maker and author. He is currently the Basque Government’s Deputy Minister for Culture.
He graduated in History of Contemporary Art from Barcelona University and studied for a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting. Scriptwriting has been at the heart of his career, initially for television, documentaries and programmes or series, and subsequently for films and comics, and finally for exhibitions.
He was the general manager of the Tabakalera International Contemporary Cultural Centre between 2006 and 2010. Joxean has written poetry: Parentesiak eta abar (1984), Begien bizkar (1992), along with children’s literature, articles and columns on art, films, culture, etc., and has delved into drawing and graphic design. He was appointed as the Basque Government’s Deputy Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport in Lehendakari Urkullu’s first parliamentary term.
Marta Merino is the technician of the Basque Government’s cultural promotion directorate and her work includes managing book subsidies.
Artium Museoa (BASQUE COUNTRY)
Formada como historiadora del arte y comisaria, Beatriz Herráez formó parte del Departamento de Colecciones del Museo Reina Sofía de Madrid entre 2012 y 2016, y entre 2007 y 2011 fue comisaria-jefe en el Centro Montehermoso Kulturunea de Vitoria. En el MNCARS ha sido co-comisaria de diversas exposiciones entre 2013 y 2017. En febrero de 2018 comisarió la exposición de Julia Spínola en el CA2M de la Comunidad de Madrid.
Además, Herráez es autora de numerosos ensayos y monografías de artistas, y su labor investigadora se centra en la construcción de narrativas históricas y los lenguajes artísticos contemporáneos. Entre sus últimos trabajos se encuentra la dirección de la edición 2018-2019 del programa itinerante Komisario Berriak y hasta ahora estaba inmersa en la preparación de una muestra para los espacios del Palau de la Virreina en Barcelona. La nueva directora del Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo Artium fue elegida en octubre de 2018, y desde 2019 está cmenzando a desarrollar un proyecto que pretende dotar a la ciudadanía de las herramientas suficientes para acercarse al arte contemporáneo.
Corraini Edizioni (ITALY)
Giovanna has been in charge of international rights and publisher at Corraini Edizioni, one of the most prestigious Italian publishers in the area of children’s book, art, design and Illustration for the last 27 years. She has worked both in the administrative and in the artistic areas within the international section.
On the one hand, she is in charge of managing foreign rights and regularly takes part in some of the sector’s most important fairs and events.
On the other hand, her work involves research, exploration and discovering new emerging authors and foreign publishers for projects and collaborations.
Founded as a contemporary art gallery in 1973, Corraini was later converted into a publishing house in 1988. Corraini’s work in the world of children’s books is deep-rooted, beginning with the long-lasting link between the publisher and Bruno Munari.
Corraini Edizioni has also brought back some traditional children’s books from the 1970s. That work was recognised by the prestigious Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher in Europe in 2014.
Acción Cultural Española (MADRID)
BOOK DIVISION MANAGER
Ainhoa Sánchez Mateo (Madrid, 1974) has been working in cultural management for twenty years, first in the world of art exhibitions and, since 2014, on literary themes. Ainoha graduated in History of Art from Boston University and has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Management, from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Universitat Girona and Universitat Illes Balleares. She heads the Literature and Book Division at Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), a public entity that drives and promotes the culture and heritage of Spain, within and outside its borders, by means of a comprehensive programme of activities, including exhibitions, films, theatre, music, audio-visual productions and initiatives that foster the mobility of professionals and creative artists. Ainhoa’s duties include managing the residencies and grants of the Literature and Book Division of the AC/E Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE). The programme has two lines of action: one aimed at supporting the mobilities of Spanish cultural professionals abroad and the other to foster visits to Spain of international programmers and influencers. Since 2013, AC/E has thus arranged for around 500 Spanish professionals to be present at different international events and for over 300 foreign programmers to have visited literary fairs, festivals and events in Spain to discover our book sector first hand.
La Joie De Lire (SWITZERLAND)
In 1937, Paul Robert founded the La Joie de Lire (the joy of reading) bookshop in Geneva and one of the first to specialise in literature for the young people of Europe. Francine Bouchet took over managing the bookshop in 1981, organised different activities for children and launched the children’s prize in 1987. In that same year, she founded La Joie de Lire publishers. In 1991, the bookshop closed to focus on the publishing activity.
Carina Diez Solari was born in Geneva (Switzerland) and graduated from the Faculty of Literature at Geneva University. Since 1996, Carina has worked for La Joie de Lire publishing house in Geneva, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. Her work is divided between managing foreign rights (buying and selling), searching for subsidies and the publishing working. She is also a member of the publisher’s reading committee and manages the contracts with authors, illustrators and translators.
Eduardo Leal Uguina, (or eluguina in a digital world) has a red beard in the sunshine. He is always searching for new music and you will always find him preferably holding a pencil.
Eduardo is passionate about editorial design and illustration, which he considers to be an exercise in conceptualisation.
Nothing can be improvised: beauty must be attached to utility. He is currently working in the Art Department at Santillana publishing house.
Larrad Ediciones (VALENCIA)
Larrad Ediciones was set up in 2018 with the idea of creating a space for the lovers of literature. We believe in the value of those authors that weave stories that accompany us on our way to work, that are waiting for us when we get home and which are placed on the bedside table before turning off the light. We chose those titles that have made a mark on us and showcase the original authors, with a single voice.
Our publishing house follows a meticulous production to make reading a pleasurable and unforgettable experience. We are committed to a meticulously crafted design, our covers – narrative and essay –, are illustration, along with the inside cover pages in the majority of cases. This is the hallmark of Larrad Ediciones. We want readers to trust us and to, when opening the book, to be surprised by the imagination that the illustrators invest in their works.
Grupo SM (MADRID)
SM is a leading educational and cultural in Ibero-America and for 80 years its main goal has been the holistic education of people, helping the child to grow up happily while becoming committed to other people and the world surrounding them.
Its mission: to make significant contributions to education and to culture by focusing its services and projects on children, young people, teachers, families and institutions.
SM espouses a young adult and children’s literature of a high literary quality and recreational approach, that fosters the love of reading and transmits cultural, social and human values. It is also committed to aesthetic and artistic education, driving illustration and creativity from all its areas of activity. The SM Foundation awards and recognises young illustrators through the International Award for Illustration Bologna Children’s Book Fair that is being held for the eleventh time this year. It has also been involved in the Catálogo Iberoamérica Ilustra prize for 10 years.
Ilustrando dudas (VALENCIA)
Digital nomad and passionate about the sea and travel. Illustrator, communicator and mentor. Io Bru created Ilustrando Dudas, the specialist online platform in offering professional guidance. The “Go-to” website in Spain for illustrators starting out in the Illustration sector. In 2012, Io Bru decided to focus on tirelessly researching and the in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of the operating of this profession to its full extent. Since then, she has given talks, run in-person and online courses, advised hundreds of illustrators both in Spain and in Latin America.
Illustration and Animation
2019 Animation Residency winner
2019 Illustration Residency winner
Manager of the Acción Cultural Española book division.
Director of the Bibaoarte Foundation
Director of the La Maison des Auteurs of Angoulême