Irene Savino was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1953. A graphic designer, illustrator and publisher, she has been the art director of Ediciones Ekaré since 1984.
She is a professor at the Postgraduate Diploma in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications in the EINA Escola de Disseny i Art of Barcelona, and has also taught at the Master's Degree of Books and Children's and Young People's Literature of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Banco del Libro between 2006 and 2018.
She studied Graphic Design at the Neumann Institute in Caracas, has a degree in Illustration from New York’s Parsons School of Design and a degree in Artistic Bookbinding from the Escola Superior de Disseny i Art Llotja in Barcelona. She has lived in Caracas, Viareggio, New York and, since 1998, in Barcelona, Spain.
Irene has illustrated several children's books and some of her illustrations are held by the Chihiro Art Museum (Japan). Her illustrated books are included in the White Ravens list, among the Los Mejores del Banco del Libro, and the NOMA Illustration Concourse of the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO.