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I am Bistra Masseva, a professional illustrator based in Brighton, UK.

Growing up in Bulgaria in the 80s in a family of book lovers, I was immersed in the aesthetic of Eastern European books from an early age. I often copied my favourite illustrations, which fostered a love of drawing and illustration in particular. I followed this passion into the Bulgarian Academy of Arts, where I studied the intricacies of book design, typography and illustration under the strict guidance of some of my childhood heroes. Ever on a mission to further develop my skills, I later took a course in Sequential Design/Illustration at the University of Brighton, UK.

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

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 all commissions from clients based in the UK and USA please contact my agent The Organisation | info@organisart.co.uk

Get in touch with me | contact@bistramasseva.com

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