2024 edition winner

Margaux Romano is the winner of the 2024 ARS IN FABULA Grant awarded each year to a young illustrator under the age of 30, selected for the Illustrators Exhibition of the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Margaux Romano (Lodi, 2001) is currently studying Comics and Illustration at Bologna's Accademia di Belle Arti. She is looking forward to continuing her artistic research in this field of interest.

The Jury’s motivation:

The choice of Margaux Romano as the winner of the 2024 Ars in Fabula Grant Award is motivated by the visual value of her works, which are characterized by a minimalist and poetic approach. Her images reveal a refined taste. Margaux demonstrates a remarkable talent for the composition, in which the colour backgrounds become almost abstract, without losing narrative energy and a taste for small details. Her style seems mature and suitable for international children's publishing.

Members of the 2024 Jury:

  • Walter Fochesato - Andersen Magazine
  • Luigi Raffaelli - Graphic Designer and Illustrator
  • Alessandra Sconosciuto - Ars In Fabula Master’s Course Coordinator
  • Pia Valentinis - Illustrator

The winner is given a free place on the ARS IN FABULA - Master Degree Course in Illustration for Publishing, during which the selected artist will work on a book project assigned by one of the course publishing partners.

The initiative, promoted by ARS IN FABULA, a higher education institute directly involved in the field of high education and promotion of children's books in collaboration with Bologna Children's Book Fair, aims to sustain and train new talent through a postgraduate illustration course.