Gaia Stella’s playful and vibrant illustrations always start with pencil sketches. She then makes her own rubber stamps, scans the stamped and hand drawings, and colors the creations digitally. She has authored and illustrated picture books and novelty books for Italian and international publishers, including hélium, La Joie de Lire, Grasset, Mondadori, Einaudi. She's done editorial illustrations for clients such as Vogue Bambini, The Boston Globe, and La Stampa. Her works have been selected in prestigious group exhibitions such as the New York Society of Illustrators 60 Exhibition, Ilustrarte 2014, Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition 2017. Her illustrations from Mes endroits à moi (Grasset, 2017) received the AOI World Illustration Award in 2017.
Gaia’s colorful and geometric imagery is inspired by a variety of (sometimes unexpected) sources: architecture by Mies Van De Rohe, a chair designed by Gio Ponti, photos by René Maltête, illustrations by Vladimir Lebedev, short stories by Gianni Rodari, and the packaging of Asian food.