Aljoscha Blau, born 1972 in Leningrad, Russia, studied Illustration and Graphic Arts at HAW in Hamburg. Since 1998 he has been working as book artist for international publishers – and having illustrated by now over 60 books. Honoured with numerous awards such as German Design Award, Bologna Ragazzi Award, Prix Figure Future, twice the German Children´s Literature Prize, et al. Since 2010 nominated for ALMA - Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Teaching assignments and workshops at Art Academies in Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and France. Lives in Berlin.