Twins Anna and Elena Balbusso are internationally recognized award winning illustrators team with a unique signature ANNA +ELENA=BALBUSSO. Their work has been published by major publishers and companies throughout the world on various media types such as book jackets, magazines, newspapers, in house corporate, ads, children’s books and classic novels. They have also illustrated over thirty books and have had their artwork exhibited in numerous exhibitions and galleries in Italy and abroad including New York, Boston, London and Los Angeles.
They have received many awards, including THE JOSEPH MORGAN HENNINGER AWARD – BEST OF SHOW 2015 - SILA Illustration West 53, THE ANDERSEN PRIZE BEST ILLUSTRATORS OF 2015, 34th EDITION, the most coveted award given to children's publishing in Italy. In 2013 they have been named the Winners of the V&A Illustration Awards - best book - by The Victorian and Albert Museum of London for our illustrations “Eugene Onegin” by A. Pushkin, The Folio Society 2012. They have been awarded three consecutive GOLD MEDALS (2011-2012-2013) in the book category of the Society of Illustrators NYC, three SILVER MEDALS of the 3x3 International Annual Illustration Pro Show, nine AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE of the Communication Arts Magazine, two AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE of the Applied Arts Magazine, one AWARD OF EXCELLENCE of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
The Balbussos’ work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators of New York, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, The AOI of London, American Illustration, 3x3 The Magazine Of Contemporary Illustration, Spectrum The Best Fantastic Art, Creative Quarterly, Lürzers Archive 200 Best Illustrators worldwide, Print European Regional Design, BIB Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, The CJ Picture Book Festival Seoul Korea.
In 2014 their artwork was the focus of an extensive profile on the culture blog "ILLUSTRADOS" hosted by the major Spanish newspaper El Paìs. They were interviewed by Peggy Roalf for the AI-AP DART Design Arts Daily Q & A blog.
They have been featured in the issue 21 (2013) of the 3x3 Magazine. It devoted 16 pages to their work, with a particular focus on their illustrated books. In 2012 their artwork "Pregnant" (The Handmaid's Tale by M. Atwood book, Folio Society 2012) was featured in the The Guardian (British newspaper) and they were interviewed by Steven Heller for The Atlantic American magazine. The article titled "Two Twins, One Design Career" was published on the official site. In 2010 their work was featured in the Communication Arts Design Annual 51 with with an eight-page article written by Bonnie Smetts. They have been members of the Society of Illustrators of New York since 2009 and of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.
Some publishers: The New Yorker magazine, The New York Times, The NYT Book Review, Le Figaro Group, Le Monde, Tor Books, Black Cat Publishing, The Folio Society, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Scholastic, Random House, Simon and Schuster, Penguin Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Holiday House Inc, Macmillan, Watkins Publishing, Editions Gallimard, Éditions Milan, Édition Sarbacane, Éditions Belin, Éditions Odile Jacob, Pearson Group, Mondadori Ragazzi, Dea Agostini Group, Giunti Progetti Educativi, Einaudi Ragazzi, Edizioni El, Yeowon Media.