Aljoscha Blau, born 1972 in Leningrad, Russia, studied Illustration and Graphic Arts at HAW in Hamburg. Since 1998 he has been working as illustrator and book artist for german and international publishers – illustrating both children and adult fiction and non-fiction books. He has been honoured with numerous awards such as 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 and abroad - Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and France. Lives in Berlin.