Vittoria Facchini is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator from Puglia, Italy. After attending art school and specializing in graphic design in Florence, she met and studied with Emanuele Luzzati. He encouraged her to dedicate her career to illustration, without betraying the explosive and visceral nature that defined her style.
Since 1997 she has written and illustrated several picture books, including I maschi non mi piacciono perché, Le femmine non mi piacciono perché, Piselli e farfalline son più belli i maschi o le bambine?, Quel mostro dell’amore, all published by Fatatrac between 1997 and 2000 and translated into French, Japanese, Portuguese and Korean. She has illustrated books for Mondadori, Einaudi, Feltrinelli, Treccani, Fatatrac, Editori Riuniti, Editoriale Scienza, Carthusia, Giannino Stoppani, Rizzoli. Socially engaged, she also publishes books to fund the non-profit organization, L’abilità, which helps children who suffer from rare genetic diseases. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Italian Andersen Award for Best Illustrator of the Year.
Her singular style is characterized by vibrant, colorful, and expressive characters and compositions. She often mixes painting with drawing, and creates large illustrations that she includes in even larger installations. Through these artworks she loves to tell funny and thought-provoking stories.
She lives and works in Molfetta, in a studio flooded with the colors she loves that faces the harbor and the ruins of the old and wonderful shipyard.