Anna Castagnoli

"For me art is not an accessory, it is a need of the human being to relate to the world." 

Anna Castagnoli is an Italian children’s book author, illustrator and critic. Born in Versailles, after a childhood spent across Europe and a bachelor degree in philosophy, she discovered picture books, a fascinating universe that brought together her primary interests: art, literature and psychoanalysis.

Her stories have been illustrated by artists such as Susanne Janssen, Gabriel Pacheco, Isabelle Arsenault, Carll Cneut, Gaia Stella. Her blog is a reference point in Italy for picture-book lovers and illustrators.

Anna teaches the history of illustration and the theory of perception in universities and institutions in Italy and Spain. She lives in Barcelona with her family.