About Me

As a child, I was always making things, drawing, cutting, sticking. From seeking out creatures on the coast of Colombia came my curiosity and love for nature.  

I did my BA in Fine Arts and became a video editor in London. So after 15 years of telling stories with film, I decided to follow my passion for picture making and my interest in children's literature, to join the MA at the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art. The course has helped me to see and draw the world around me in a completely different way. Now I am bringing all my skills and attention to detail together in my illustrations. It is fascinating!  

The primary source of inspiration for my stories comes from art, nature, my own children and my childhood memories. I admire the work of Ben Shahn, Ilona Karasz and Alice&Martin Provensen. As well as Júlia Sardá, Isabelle Arsenault and Beatrice Alemagna.  

 In 2019, I was shortlisted for the Cheltenham Illustration Awards and longlisted for the World Illustration Awards in 2020. 

In 2021, I had the privilege to be selected as the winner of the Picture Hooks Winter competition, my story 'Fourteen Lessons From Animals', awarded a Highly Commended for The Macmillan Prize of  Illustration and my picture book 'My Sister', received a Highly Commended for the FAB Prize. I was also awarded the Don Freeman Grant by the SCBWI to a pre-published illustrator.  

I am currently working on my debut non fiction children's book with Thames & Hudson, to be published in April 2023.

Contact

angela.vives@gmail.com

+44 07985 035500

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