Anna Pini is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer from Mantova currently living in Pesaro.

Anna listens to Dark Tranquillity

Anna eats chocolate

Anna plays the guitar

Anna has a BA in Communication Sciences from the University of Verona and an MA degree in Graphic Design specializing in Illustration from ISIA Urbino (Highest Institute for Artistic Industries).

Anna’s style is funny and minimalist.

She gets inspiration from the 60s graphic design, music posters, commercial affiches, old movies, textile patterns, candies packaging, and above all, from people.


Mostre / Selected exhibitions

Il Paese di Cuccagna / 29 Marzo 2015 / Biblioteca Comunale De Amicis, Anzola dell’Emilia / curator Chiara Carrer and Silvana Sola

Fra tutti gli oggetti più cari per me sono quelli usati / 16 giugno 2014 / curator  Chiara Carrer

CIAO, Tapirulan international illustration contest / 2 December – 28 January 2018/ Santa Maria della Pietà, piazza Giovanni XXIII, Cremona




Merit award in the 14th  3×3 Picturebook show/ Category Educational

Selected at the 2017 edition of the Tapirulan Illustration Contest


Published works

Il Paese di Cuccagna / Giannino Stoppani edizioni / 2015



How does Anna works?

She starts sketching the drawing with a pencil, and then she does the actual illustration with a brush pen or a marker trying to get the most fluid line as possible. When she’s done she scans the image and she colors it at the computer or with colored ink.

Which tools does she use?

Kuretake sumi and Pentel brushpens, Sakura pens, Stabilo markers, Winsor and Newton black indian ink and Ecoline colored inks.

Inspiring artists and designers: Ben Shahn, Saul Steinberg, Sergio Tofano, Janusz Stunny, René Gruau, Miroslav Sasek, Erté, Bruno Munari, Albe Steiner, Blexbolex, Yocci, Igort, Gipi, Toulouse-Lautrec, Arnal Ballester, André Francois, Amedeo Modigliani.

Favorite movies: Léon, Beetlejuice, I Soliti Ignoti, The Big Lebowski, Back to the Future, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso.

Favorite TV series : Friends, Scrubs, Game of Thrones, Mozart in the jungle, Halt and Catch Fire.

Favorite books: David Copperfield, The catcher in the rye, Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore, Novecento, The Martian Chronicles.

Favorite children books:  Little boy brown by André Francois, Piccolo blu e piccolo giallo by Leo Lionni, Sette giorni a Piro Piro by Dino Ticli, I cavoli a merenda by Sto, Harold and the purple crayon by Crocket Johnson.

Zodiac sign: Aries

Fave color: Yellow

She couldn’t live without…. breathe.