Born in 1976 in Milan, Italy, Francesca is a talented illustrator who is a mother to 2 teenagers and a fluffy helper named Muffin (as seen in her photo—aww!). Ever since she can remember, she is always drawn to the arts and will often be seen drawing. At age 13, Francesca knew that she would be an artist. In high school, her photography teacher introduced her to the work of Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyatt, two illustrator giants. She remembers using their illustrations as inspirations by copying them as best as she can. When Francesca enrolled at the European Institute of Design, she then realized that she would enter the world of illustration. At the Institute, most of her professors were well known Italian children’s book illustrators that brought her to specialize in children’s publishing. Francesca has been a member of the board of directors of the Association for Authors of Images (AI) for several years and is still a member of the association. She also has taught illustration at the European Institute of Design (IED). When not illustrating, she loves to read, travel, visit all the current exhibitions, and dedicate her time to her kids.
See more of Francesca's art:
Matilda Makes Matzah Balls by Rhonda Cohen (Apples & Honey Press), Vita da orso (Il Castoro), Girogirotondo è uno il mondo! by Ilaria Capua (La Coccinella), Family Life series by Daniela Gamba (La Coccinella), Pulce a bordo by Emanuela Da Ros (Raffaello), La compagnia degli animali estinti by Chiara Valentina Segré (Paoline Editoriale Libri), Three Little Pigs by Raffaela Maggi (Raffaello), Super Robin contro i bulli by Loredana Frescura and Quelli che credono ai sogni by Loredana Frescura (Raffaello), Animal Farm series & Car series (Ape Junior).