Andrea D’Aquino has loved to draw and paint since childhood. She eventually became an art director in some of the world’s most creatively celebrated ad agencies. Though she got to oversee big budget shoots for international clients, something called her back to her original love of working with her hands and more personal expression. Perhaps it’s this connection to graphic design that made her most comfortable with cutting up paper and moving it around. She finds this playful process full of unpredictable results, and she is often just as surprised as anyone else at the images that seem to land on her art table.
She has published two books with Rockport Publishers: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a quirky and modern visual take on the classic text. Published in the US and UK, it has been translated into editions in France, Spain and Korea. Once Upon a Piece of Paper is an irreverent approach to creativity and embracing chaos, mistakes and chance. It has been translated in French and German. She is currently writing and illustrating two new picture books for children.
Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, The Type Director's Club, The Art Director's Club, 3x3 and Communication Arts. Andrea enjoys speaking and participating in workshops at various universities in the US and UK.