In 2017, Bologna Children’s Book Fair decided to commission a young artist from the many talents selected for the Illustrators Exhibition to create the fair’s visual image, under the guidance of Chialab Design studio. We felt the time had come to hand over the task of our visual image to the world of illustration, a major player at the fair since the very outset.
This was how the “BCBF Visual Identity Workshop” got underway together with Chialab, the design studio in charge of the event’s visual identity practically every year since 2009. This intense joint design collaboration between the design studio and illustrator begins during the spring and has its first public appearance at the Frankfurt fair in early autumn before becoming the visual image of all facets of the Bologna Children’s Book up until the next edition.
Following on from the success of the fresh invigorating image given by the Italian Daniele Castellano in 2017, subsequent years saw extremely productive partnerships with talented young illustrators from several different countries. In 2018, the book fair’s visual identity was developed by the French illustrator Chloé Alméras. In 2019, it was the turn of the Russian artist Masha Titova, while the 2020 visual identity of the completely new Special BCBF Online Edition was the work of the Lithuanian illustrator Rasa Jančiauskaitė.
For the fifth edition of the “BCBF Visual Identity Workshop” in 2021, Chialab and the BCBF team have chosen the Parisian illustrator Jean Mallard, among the winners of the 2020 Illustrators Exhibition and of the 2018 ARS IN FABULA scholarship jointly instituted by the ARS IN FABULA School of Illustration and BCBF.
Among the 77 winners of the 55th Illustrators Exhibition (2021), Chialab and the BCBF team have chosen the Mexican illustrator Sólin Sekkur for the sixth edition of the “BCBF Visual Identity Workshop”.
Sólin Sekkur is born in 1990, in Mexico City. He majored in Visual Communication Design from the Faculty of Arts and Design, UNAM, specializing in illustration. He has worked with diverse publishing houses and has appeared in various illustration catalogues since 2013. In 2019, he illustrated the book “Kitsunebi, Fox fire” by Martha Riva Palacio, selected in the 2020’s White Ravens catalogue. In 2021, he was one of the 77 winning illustrators of the BCBF’s 55th Illustrators Exhibition.
In a few weeks you will ge a sneak peek from the workshop.