The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia supports Swiss children’s and youth literature. It is the main partner of the Swiss presence as guest country at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019.
2: Mirjana Farkas
Farkas was born in Geneva in 1979. After earning a degree in history she studied illustration at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. She illustrates articles in the press, creates posters, and works on personal projects such as children’s books, frescoes and silkscreen prints. In 2013 she was awarded a grant to illustrate the book Carnet de Bal, a fan-fold of which was published by La Joie de Lire in 2014. The actor and dancer Madeleine Raykov created a theatrical dance performance based on the picture book and toured with it in 2017–2018.
0: Pia Valär
Valär was born in the Engadine in 1983. She studied illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art and has worked since then as a freelance illustrator. In her drawings she is interested in possible and impossible stories from daily life and in the characters who have to — or are privileged to — live through them. In 2015 she was awarded the Förderpreis of Canton Graubünden.
1: It’s Raining Elephants
It’s Raining Elephants is an illustrators’ studio in Luzern. Since 2008 Evelyne Laube and Nina Wehrle have been developing their own projects as well as doing commissioned work. They create illustrations for picture books, live-visuals and other projects. They also run the ceramic brand hoi and teach narrative drawing at the Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst and at other institutions.
9: Paloma Canonica
Canonica was born in Proto-Leventina in 1989. After completing her studies in visual communication at the SUPSI in Lugano she earned a Master’s degree in book illustration and audiovisual animation in Pontevedra (Spain). She currently works as an illustrator of children books and a creator of Stop-Motion animation in Switzerland and in Spain.