Luca Caimmi                                                                                                                                                        Born in Fano in 1978, his main interests are illustration and sculpture.   Among his recent books are “L’ isola di fuoco” by Emilio Salgari published by Orecchio Acerbo and “La Nave” with a text by Antonio Kock, published by Topipittori. He has been part of many solo and group shows and in 2011  was among the artists who participated at the exhibition “Padiglione Accademie” at the 54° Venice Biennale. Luca’s most recent solo exhibition was “La Muta Speranza” at Galleria D406 in Modena.

Mara Cerri                                                                                                                                                            was born in Pesaro in 1978 and graduated at Istituto Statale d’Arte – Scuola del Libro – of Urbino, at the Animation film department. In 2003 she started working as an illustrator. Since then her drawings have been published by many magazines and exhibited at the Biennials in Bologna, Bratislava and Lisbon. In 2008 she was awarded the Premio “Lo Straniero”  as one the outstanding artists in Italy. Nel 2009 her book “Via Curiel 8” was published by Orecchio Acerbo. Following that project, and in conjunction with Magda Guidi, she created a short animated film from the same subject which in 2011 was awarded the first prize at the Torino Film Festival. Since 2012 “Via Curiel 8” has become an exhibition touring in several places such as Pesaro, Bologna, Napoli, Roma, Bari , Milano and Pergola. Mara Cerri is represented by Riley illustrators’ agency in New York.

Andrea Chiesi                                                                                                                                                      Born in Modena on the 6th November 1966. Self-taught, Andrea Chiesi trained in the counter-culture of the early ‘80s punk scene. In his most recent work he has explored the effects of light and shade in subjects such as archives, libraries, corridors. This new work has been documented in the one-man shows: In Praise of Shade , at the Otto Gallery, Bologna, curated by Franco Fanelli; Community of Memories , at the D406 Gallery in Modena, with a text by Mario Bertoni; and in Beyond Time  at the Nohra Haime Gallery, New York (catalogue text by Gabriele Sassone). In 2011 the GraphicArt Workshop in Modena held a retrospective dedicated to his work as a printmaker; he held a one-man show, Perpetuum Mobile, at the X-Lab in Berlin, with a text by Paola Verde and Rossella Moratto;  was invited to exhibit in the Italian Pavilion, Emilia Romagna , at the fifty-fourth Venice Biennial , at Palazzo Pigorini, Parma. In 2013 Andrea was awarded the Gotham Prize  by the Institute of Italian Culture in New York.

Simone Fazio                                                                                                                                                               Born in Modena  in 1980. Lives and works in Castelfranco Emilia near Modena.

Mari Kanstad Johnsen                                                                                                                                              was born in Bergen (Norway) in 1981. She studied illustration at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and Konstfack (Stockholm). Today she’s living and working in Oslo. She has illustrated several award winning books for children, including VIVALDI (published by Magikon), with text by Helge Torvund, which was included in Flavorwire´s list of the 20 most beautiful children’s books of all time. Her artist book BLUE CABIN, stencilprinted at Extrapool in Nijmegen, has also won awards in Norway. In 2012 her drawings were used for the artwork of the Santarcangelo Festival Internazionale del Teatro. During the festival she was present in Santarcangelo making new artwork . In 2013 Gyldendal published the first book of Kanstad Johnsen which she has also written the text for, LIVREDD I SYDEN. In the autumn of 2013 she will be taking part in exhibitions in Norway, Sweden and Belgium. Mari’s website is at

Franco Matticchio                                                                                                                                                 was born in Varese in 1957. For more than 30 years he’s been one of the most celebrated Italian illustrators contributing to magazines worldwide (one of his drawings was published as a New Yorker’s cover in 1999). Franco is also a painter and in 2011 he was selected to participate in the Venice Biennial. His works are regularly exhibited at Galleria dell’Incisione in Brescia, Nuages in Milan and Tricromia in Rome.                                                                                                                                   Works by Franco Matticchio  

Emanuela Orciari                                                                                                                                                       was born in Pesaro, lives and works in Fano. She studied at the “Scuola del Libro di Urbino” and at Carlisle College in England. She starts her career in 2000, when she illustrates the book “Mai più crociate” for Fatatrac. Since then she’s been commissioned many children’s books to illustrate. In 2005 Orecchio Acerbo’s “la Portinaia Apollonia” wins the Superprize Andersen. Emanuela has been selected twice to represent Italy at the Bratislava Biennal of illustration. 

Cristina Portolano                                                                                                                                             was born in Naples 1986. She attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and EnsAD in Paris. Her work has been exhibited several times in solo and group shows (in Hamburg, Belgrade, Paris, and Banja Luka among other places). As a comic artist and illustrator she has collaborated with Coconino Press, Lo Straniero, Hamelin, Mami Verlag, illywords,  Ernest virgola and Retina comics. In 2012 she participated at the ceramic workshops “Peso alle immagini”, in Vietri sul Mare.  Since 2010 she has been a regular contributor to the bimonthly magazine “Napoli Monitor”. Cristina lives in Bologna and in Naples.

Beatrice Pucci                                                                                                                                            Beatrice Pucci (born1979) lives and works in Monte Pietralata in the Italian region of Marche.             Her most recent one-woman exhibitions: 2009, Il cinema d’animazione in stop-motion, galleria D406 Arte Contemporanea, Modena; 2012, Fedeli alla linea 01, galleria D406 Arte Contemporanea, Modena. Group exhibitions: 2007, Dalla matita al mouse, disegni in movimento presso la galleria D406 Modena; 2008, ICONS. THE NEW GOTHIC GIRL, a cura di Chiara Canali presso la galleria “IN S. LORENZO 3” Arte e Industria, Parma; 2008, Il drago di Giorgio, a cura di Viviana Siviero e Alberto Zanchetta presso la galleria De Faveri (BL); 2010, “Nome Utente F.A.M. venti6” a cura di Sponge Artecontemporanea, fondazione Merloni Ancona; 2010, “Emozioni Morali”, a cura di Sponge Artecontemporanea, Salone Aurora Complesso Monumentale di Sant’Agostino, Mondolfo; 2011, “Le Petit Poucet”, a cura di Sponge Artecontemporanea, Fabriano.

Luigi Raffaelli                                                                                                                                                      was born in Pesaro, Italy, in 1974. Graduated at Istituto Europeo di design and CFP Bauer in Milan, he’s been an illustrator and a graphic designer since 1998. During these years he’s illustrated children’s books for publishers, such as Orecchio Acerbo, Topi Pittori (for whom he also designed the series “Gli Anni in Tasca”) and Mondadori and exhibited his drawings in Italy and abroad. Luigi Raffaelli is currently a  teacher at the Fine Arts Academy, in Bologna and in Macerata.  

Sergio Ruzzier                                                                                                                                                     Sergio Ruzzier is a picture book author and illustrator. He was born in Milan, Italy, in 1966, and began his career as an illustrator in 1986. In 1995 he moved to New York City, where he’s been creating pictures and stories for national and international magazines and book publishers. His work has been awarded by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and The Society of Publication Designers. He won the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal for The Room of Wonders and for his illustrations for Why Mole Shouted. He was a recipient of the 2011 Sendak Fellowship.

Denis Riva                                                                                                                                                           was born in Cento, near Ferrara, in 1979. Besides being a painter and an illustrator he plays the saxophone in the band Mobil Trabant. His works have been exhibited throughtout Italy since 1997. His artistic research is also addressed to videos and installations. A wide selection of his work is displayed at

Pedro Scassa                                                                                                                                                     was born in Rio de Janeiro in1954. After he moved to Italy in 1988, he started to devote to illustration and graphic design. Since then his illustrations have been published in books as well as in magazines and other media in Italy and abroad. He has illustrated several children’s books and his drawings were selected three times for the illustrators’ show at Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Alongside of his commissioned work, during those years Pedro has developed a productions of personal drawings which have been widely exhibited in Italy.

Michelangelo Setola                                                                                                                                               was born in Bologna in 1980. He has published drawings and comic stories on several magazines such as Lo Straniero, Black, Canicola, Glomp (Finland), Orang (Germany), Bile Noir (Switzerland), De Brakke Hond (Germany), Strapazin (Switzerland) and Internazionale (Italy). In 2006 he was awarded the first prize at the Comix Festival in Luzern (Switzerland). In the same year he published, together with Amanda Vähämäk, “Souvlaki Circus” (Buenaventura press, 2008), a book of drawings subsequently exhibited at Hinterconti Gallery in Hamburg. in 2008 his work was exhibited at Artissima Salone Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea  in Turin and at the Comix Festival in Luzern and his book Bar Miki published in Italy, Germany and Finland. In 2011he had a show at Streitenfeld Gallery in Frankfurt, and in 2012 at Galleria D406 in Modena and at Museo Civico delle Cappucine di Bagnacavallo (Ravenna). In 2013 was published his most recent comic book “Dormire nel fango” co-published by Canicola Edizioni and D406.

Oreste Zevola                                                                                                                                                       (Naples 1954-2014), lived and worked in Naples and Paris. Alongside his painting and sculpting artistic activities, he’s been a long time illustrator and jewel designer. In the United States his drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the Washington Post and in several magazines published by Times, Forbes and Bloomberg. His drawings have been selected in many occasions by the Society of Illustrators of New York and included in their prestigious annual publication.

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