Hi, I am illustrosa, a combination of my name, Rosa, and my work.
After my graduation at IUAV in Venice, I worked as an architect in Italy and in the Netherlands for several years and, at the same time, I followed workshops and courses in illustrations and animation.
In 2O1O I decided to follow my passion and I started my own studio in The Netherlands, best choice ever because I found out the freedom to develop my inspiration, to start my own projects and to combine both architectural design and artmaking illustrations.
In my work I like to combine reality and imaginary, with geometry and colors using traditional and/or digital techniques in a versatile way, based on what I or my clients want to communicate. Every now and then I like to put also a bit of humor, some of my cartoons have been selected in several cartoon contests and published in daily newspapers in Italy and in the Netherlands.
From 2012 I started to work on a series of illustrated travel guides for children “A day in…” and published the first book “A day in Modica”, followed by “A day in Noto” and “A day in Scicli” in collaboration with Sabrina Tavolacci and VIATourism Sicily. In 2021 I illustrated Evelina Barone’s first book “La Maga Saraghina” (KromatoEdizioni) and in 2022 two of my illustrations were included in the Italian catalog “SOLO ILLUSTRATION 100 illustratrici italiane” published by Psicografici Editore.
On the WORK page, you will find a selection of projects for clients (studio section) and on the personal section, my own artwork. Since 2O15 I collaborate with the Amenta Incisioni Atelier focused on traditional exclusive handmade printing techniques such as engravings, lithography and woodcut.
Besides drawing I like to travel and to get in touch with people from all around the world and listen to their stories. And as an Italian my daily routine starts with a good cup of espresso 🙂
You can also follow my daily work on Instagram.
IUAV University of Venice, Italy.
UdG University of Girona, Spain (Erasmus Programme).
International School of Illustration, Štěpán Zavřel Foundation, Sàrmede, Italy.
UCK Utrecht Centre for the Art, Animation Workshops, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Shortlisted works and exhibitions
2O23 8th World Humor Awards Cartoons “Biodiversity”, Selected cartoon and exhibition, Sala Mainardi Palazzo dei Congressi Salsomaggiore Terme (Italy)
2O22 International Cartoon Contest “Refuse to Stay Silent. Stop Violence against Women Worldwide”, Finalist and Honourable Mention. CHNI,Exhibition Norwegian Cartoonist Gallery (Norway)
2O22 XXX International Satire and Humor Festival City of Trento, Selected cartoon and exhibition, Trento (Italy)
2O22 14th International Cartoon Exhibition OscarFest, Osor (Coatia) and “The Best of OscarFest”, Slovenian cultural Association Zarja, Bad Eisenkappel (Austria)
2O22 4es Rencontres Internationales du Dessin de Presse Cannes Cartoons, Exhibition, Fort Royal, Cannes (France)
2O22 5TH Semarang International Cartoon Exhibition Certificate of Achievement 100 BEST CARTOONISTS IN YEAR 2021-2022, SICE FOUNDATION (Indonesia)
2O21 Le Théâtre du Monde, FECO Cartoon Exhibition, Mornant (France)
2O19 Women Cartoonists international Award 2O19, finalist, exhibition at Museum House of Humor and Satire, Gabrovo (Bulgaria) and EWK-Museum, Norrköping, (Sweden).
2O13 18th Dutch Cartoonfestival, Museum Het Markiezenhof, Bergen op Zoom (the Netherlands).
2O12 Paesaggi di Versi, Società Dante Alighieri e Parchi Letterari® della Sicilia, in Palazzo Firenze, Rome (Italy).
2O11 4th Cartoonale De Geus, Selected cartoon and exhibition, Galerie De Fontein, Lebbeke (Belgium).
2O11 Right to education, Poster for tomorrow, shortlisted artwork, Paris (France).
2O1O Disegni di Versi, solo exhibition, Museo Casa natale Salvatore Quasimodo, Modica (Italy).