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Vittoria Facchini

Vittoria Facchini

Vittoria Facchini was born in a town in Southern Italy called Molfetta, in Puglia, on February 10th, 1969. After an accademic art education (first at the Liceo artistico and then specializing in Advertising and Editorial Design in Florence) she met Emanuele Luzzati, her beloved 'maestro' who encouraged her to chose to illustrate without betraying her original style which swells with explosive energy that can also be mocking.
In 1993 she starts her career as a graphic designer, working with design studios and wine producers.
She designed graphic material for many events on wine and food such as the Salone del Gusto inTurin, Vinitaly of Verona, Slow Food and for the Osteria dell'Arancio in London.
In the same year she started to illustrate books for children.
Her first book has been published for ''Tolbà", an organization founded by volonteer doctors in Matera that gives assistance to families and children of immigrants.
From the year 1997 she starts publishing as a "total artist" (author of the text, book-designer, illustrator).
Her picture books for children are now published in Italy, France, Japan, Portugal and Korea.
In Italy her works have been published by most of the major publishers such as Mondarori, Einaudi, Feltrinelli, Treccani, Art'E', Fatatrac, Editori Riuniti, Editoriale Scienza, Chartusia, Giannino Stoppani, Rizzoli.
Other activities in social commitment led her to create a picture book for L'abilità di Milano, an association that cares for children infected by rare genetic diseases.
In 2002, the Ministry of Culture in Italy and France have invited her to take part in the Salon du livres in Paris as one of the illustrators representing Italy.
In 2005 she founded Officina Blu, a publishing house specializing in picture books illustrated and written by the same author.
In 2006, she recieved the Andersen Prize (Italy) as Best Illustrator of the Year.

She loves colors and uses many different techniques.
When she illustrates for herself, that is, without any specific request by a client, she mixes paintings and drawings to create enormous illustrations within artistic installations that tell funny stories or stories about seduction.
She lives and works in Molfetta. Her studio, situated right in front of a harbor, where you can still see what remains of the dear old historical shipyards, overflows with beautiful colors.