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Hello! My name is Bistra Masseva and I am a professional illustrator.

Originally from Bulgaria, I am currently based in Brighton, UK. I studied at the University of Brighton and the Bulgarian Academy of Arts, specialising in book design, illustration and typography. My illustrations are hand-painted, expressive and with a strong colour palette.

Alongside my illustration work, I am also a keen calligrapher. If you are curious about my calligraphic explorations, stop by my Behance page.

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When not busy with visual arts, I am probably practicing martial arts.


Awards and Recognitions
3x3 International Picture Book Show 2017, Merit Award
2017 Book Illustration Competition, longlist and exhibition
Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2016 finalist, exhibition and annual catalogue
2016 Bridgeman Studio Award, shortlist


For children's illustration commissions from clients based in the UK and USA please contact my agent The Organisation | info@organisart.co.uk

For all other commissions please contact me directly | contact@bistramasseva.com

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