Elena Odriozola brings the magic of her illustrations to Argentina

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

2014-11-12

The Basque illustrator Elena Odriozola (Donostia, 1967) is in Argentina, thanks to the Etxepare Basque Institute, to participate in several cultural encounters. Right today, November 12, she will visit the University of La Plata, where the Institute has a readership of Basque Language and Culture: the students of the university will have the opportunity to meet the author and her work, with the help of the reader, Dani Oiarbide.

On November 13 and 14, Odriozola will attend the famous FILBITA, Festival of Children´s Literature in Buenos Aires. In addition to showing the work she has developed in the field of literature, she will offer two workshops titled “Artilugios para narrar” ( "Widgets to tell stories"). On the 14th she will also participate in the panel “Páginas de Poesía” (“Poetry Pages"),  along with María José Ferrada and Antonio Ventura, involving Marcela  Carranza as moderator.

Elena Odriozola began her career as an illustrator in 1997, after having worked in the field of advertising. Her illustrations, made out of fine, delicate and intimate strokes, are also very effective, both technically and conceptually.

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The Basque illustrator Elena Odriozola (Donostia, 1967) is in Argentina, thanks to the Etxepare Basque Institute, to participate in several cultural encounters. Right today, November 12, she will visit the University of La Plata, where the Institute has a readership of Basque Language and Culture: the students of the university will have the opportunity to meet the author and her work, with the help of the reader, Dani Oiarbide.

On November 13 and 14, Odriozola will attend the famous FILBITA, Festival of Children´s Literature in Buenos Aires. In addition to showing the work she has developed in the field of literature, she will offer two workshops titled “Artilugios para narrar” ( "Widgets to tell stories"). On the 14th she will also participate in the panel “Páginas de Poesía” (“Poetry Pages"),  along with María José Ferrada and Antonio Ventura, involving Marcela  Carranza as moderator.

Elena Odriozola began her career as an illustrator in 1997, after having worked in the field of advertising. Her illustrations, made out of fine, delicate and intimate strokes, are also very effective, both technically and conceptually.

Among many other prizes, Odriozola won in 2005 the Second Prize of theSpanish Ministry of Culture to the Best Illustrated Book for Children and Young thanks to La princesa que bostezaba a todas horas. She was also awarded in South Korea, in the third edition of the CJ Picture Book Awards, that recognized her talentillustrating Pablo Neruda´s words in Oda a una estrella. The stunts she drew around Jorge Gonzalvo`s text  in Tropecista earned the Euskadi  Illustration Award in 2013. Actually, this award was opened by Odriozola herself in its first edition in 2009, when she won it for  Aplastamiento de las gotas. And we cannot fail to mention the Best Editing National Award for Children’s  and Young People’s Literature obtained in 2013 by the  bright work Eguberria (Nerea), with texts by Juan Kruz Igerabide and Odriozola’s illustrations. Besides,  in the most recent edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the organizers of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2014 unveiled that Elena Odriozola is one of the candidates  for the award, among  illustrators from 61 countries.

 

Illustration: Elena Odriozola

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