Aljoscha Blau, born in St.Petersburg 1972, studied illustration, graphic art, drawing and painting in Hamburg and St.Petersburg. His work has been exhibited internationally. He illustrated over fifty books and won important international recognition, e.g. the Bologna Ragazzi Award, the Troisdorfer Picture Book Prize, the Austrian and twice the German Youth Literature Prize, and he was repeatedly nominated for the important Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). Besides being an artist, he teaches at universities in Germany and Denmark.