Conferences ILLUSTRATION WORLD - Japan
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She is a Japanese freelance illustrator based in Tokyo. Her more commercial work has been used in magazines, television programmes, music CD covers and other media. Her illustrations have been exhibited in 2021 at the Bologna Children's Book Fair "ILLUSTRATORS EXHIBITION" and she has been selected in 2018 at the biennial illustration exhibition "ILUSTRARTE" in Portugal, and received many other awards such as the TIS (Tokyo Illustrators Society) Competition, "The Choice" or the Jury Prize of the Note Exhibition Competition.
Kiyoko Matsuoka graduated from the Joshibi University of Art and Design, majoring in Art History 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 has collaborated with BCBF ever since. Kiyoko curated several exhibitions on picture book artists, such as Leo Lionni, Dick Bruna, Bruno Munari and Tara Books. She has organized various events and workshops for young artists in the creation of picture books. Currently director of the Itabashi Art Museum, she has juried many shows such as the BIB exhibtion and the Bologna Illustrators Exhibtion. She was an EC member of IBBY from 2010 to 2014.
Iraia Okina (1980, Durango) After combining my Fine Arts studies with teaching and illustrating albums for various publishers, since 2006 I have devoted myself exclusively to the creative field. During my career I have won competitions in the Basque Country, such as the II Etxe-pare Scholarship, and I have been a finalist in the Euskadi Awards on several occasions. At the international level, I received a mention in the international competition of the Japan Illustrators Association in 2010, (Fine Work Price), as well as a Gold Plaque at the Bratislava Illustration Biennial 2013. I have participated in numerous exhibitions, and my work was chosen for a travelling exhibition in Japan in 2015-2016. In 2017, with the project "Emakume Burugabea" written by Antxiñe Men-dizabal, I was recognised with a grant for the graphic creation of the illustrated album from the Basque Government. In recent years I have also collaborated with several audiovisual production companies, with images for set design.