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  • IsolArgentina ⋆ Illustrator
  • Roxanne Harde

"But the golden rule for me is not to let the book close by directing your eyes towards a single conclusion, never closing the metaphor in a symbol so as not to kill the life of the book, having respect for the reader as an equal in a conversation in which I'm simply putting forward my impressions, not as someone I'm teaching."


Winner of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Isol (Marisol Misenta) has had a short career that has been both prolific and notable. Born in 1972 in Buenos Aires, Isol studied at the Escuela Nacional "Rogelio Yrurtia" and the University of Buenos Aires. While she planned to become an art teacher, she quickly began to work full-time illustrating and writing books for children, and her first book, Vida de perros [A Dog's Life] was published in 1997. Since then, Isol devotes her time and talent to writing, illustrating, and designing books for children, and to illustrating texts written by others, including Paul Auster, Graciela Montes, and Jorge Luján. Her work has been published in Mexico, the United States, France, Korea, Switzerland, Spain, and Argentina. In addition, she publishes illustrations in newspapers, writes and illustrates graphic novels and comics, leads workshops for illustrators, and sings professionally as a performer and recording artist. As well as winning the ALMA, Isol's work has won numerous awards: Nocturno won awards in Venezuela, Argentina, and Mexico; El cuento de navidad de Auggie Wren [Auggie Wren's Christmas Story] with text by Paul Auster made the White Ravens list in 2004; and Tic Tac won the Golden Apple Award in Slovakia. Isol's art has been exhibited in Chile, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Japan, and Slovakia.

From the strong strokes and woodblock techniques of her first books to the finer lines and subtler coloring of her current projects, Isol offers a spare and unique vision of the world to children. Her signature condensed color palette and color that breaks out of the lines signal the unexpected aspects of her stories told in art and words. Isol also plays with perspective, building asymmetric relationships between children and adults or children and the natural world. Her art encourages children to look harder, to ask more questions, and to have fun with their books.

Selected Publications

La Bella Griselda [Beautiful Griselda]. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2010. Print.
El Globo [The Balloon]. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2004. Print.
Nocturno [Nocturne]. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2011. Print.
Tener unpatito es útil [It's Useful to Have a Duck]. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2007. Print.
Vida de perros [Dog's Life]. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1998. Print [End Page 2]


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