2019 Judges

Ivan Canu (Italy)
Illustrator, Writer and Director of Mimaster Illustrazione

Ivan Canu was born in Alghero (Sardinia, Italy). He works in Milan as illustrator, critic and writer. Previously he served as a graphic designer for the International Balzan Foundation and the magazine Hystrio. He has written children’s books in Italy, France, Japan, China and Korea. As a critic, he collaborates with La Repubblica, Corraini Edizioni and Salani Editore. In 2009, he co-founded Mimaster Illustrazione in Milan, and is the curator of the Illustrators Survival Corner featured at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair since 2017. Along with Giacomo Benelli, he has published The Illustrators Survival Guide (Corraini). Among his clients are numerous international and Italian newspapers including La Repubblica, La Stampa, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Die Zeit and Courrier International. He also collaborates with Yahoo.com, De Agostini, Feltrinelliy Centauria. He was selected in projects of the Society of Illustrators New York, American Illustration, the Creative Quarterly, Communication Arts and 3x3. He is represented by Salzman International.

André Letria (Portugal)
Illustrator and Publisher, Pato Lógico Edições

André Letria was born in Lisbon in 1973. He works as an illustrator since 1992, regularly making books for children and collaborating with newspapers and magazines. His work has been published in many countries and showcased in numerous exhibitions including the Biennial of Bratislava, the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition, Sarmede or Ilustrarte. He has also directed animation movies and worked as a theatre set designer. He was a jury member in the first two Bologna Ragazzi Digital Awards.As an illustrator he won several distinctions like the Portuguese National Illustration Award, the Gulbenkian Award, an Award of Excellence for Illustration by the Society for News Design (USA) and a mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Awards. In 2019, his book titled A Guerra (War) won the Talking Pictures Award (USA), the Little Hakka Prize (China), the Nami Concours Grand Prix (Korea), as well as being selected in the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. In 2010 he founded Pato Lógico, his own independent publishing house.He frequently visits schools and libraries in and outside of Portugal to talk about his work and hold creative workshops.

Kiyoko Matsuoka (Japan)
Associate Director, Itabashi Art Museum

Kiyoko was born in 1961 in Tokyo. She graduated from the Joshibi University of Art and Design, majoring Art History and Iconology of Christian Art and later with a Master Degree from Chiba University on the History of Art Education in Japan. From 1986, she is a curator at the Itabashi Art Museum. In 1989, she became responsible for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition in Japan and since then she has collaborated with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in organising the world tour of the exhibition. Kiyoko curated several exhibitions of picture book artists, such as Leo Lionni, Yasuo Segawa, Tomi Ungerer, Dick Bruna, Bruno Munari and Tara Books. She has organised workshops for young artists in the creation of books for children, various events and courses for adults and school children interested in picture books. She is also a university lecturer on Picture Books, has many experience as a jury member, including BIB and Bologna. She was an EC member of IBBY from 2010 to 2014 and is a board member of JBBY, the Japanese section of IBBY.

Yang Zhong (China)
Director, Picture Book Creation Studio, China Central Academy of Fine Arts

Yang Zhong graduated from the Tokyo University of Arts and Technology and holds a Master in Fine Arts. She obtained her PhD from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), where she currently serves as an Associate Professor and Master’s tutor. She is also founder and director of the CAFA Picture Book Creation Studio, a workshop which offers advanced training in picture book creation, edition and illustration. She also contributed to the creation of the Hsin-Yi Picture Book Award a decade ago. Yang Zhong has served as jury in several competitions, most notably the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava and the Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award. Yang Zhong is a strong advocate of picture book reading and a passionate researcher in this field. She has played a pioneering role in the development of picture book-making in China. The CAFA Picture Book Creation Studio is considered a major talent incubator, as shows the numerous recognitions obtained by Yang Zhong’s students at both domestic and international levels.

Zhou Xiang (China)
Illustrator and Director, Oriental Baby Press

Zhou Xiang has been working in children's publishing for more than 30 years. His works have been showcased in numerous contemporary illustration exhibitions. As Director of the Jiangsu Sino-Japanese Children's Literature and Art Exchange Association, Zhou has also engaged in cultural exchange with many Japanese picture book makers. At Oriental Baby—a monthly children’s illustrated magazine he contributed to found in 1999—, he undertakes a wide range of duties: he creates and edits illustrated stories, promotes reading, mentors Chinese picture book editors, scouts for new talents discovery etc. Zhou also illustrates picture books for children. Among them, The Day Vegetables Became Goblins and The Morning Market at Lotus Town, which are inspired by his childhood experiences, were distinguished in the first FengZikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award held in 2010.