BIOGRAPHY

Exhibitions
London 2018, The Swedish Church in London (book illustrations)
Tallinn 2017, Õpetajate Maja galerii  (illustrations printed on canvas pillows)
Spain 2013, Teatro Municipal Torrevieja (oil paintings on canvas)
Pärnu 2012, Pärnu Haigla galerii (oil paintings and prints)
Los Angeles 2010 (group exhibition and performance)
Tallinn 2005 (fashion illustrations)

Books
2018 Children’s book “The Three Naughty Grannies” by Caroline Earlam (pastel, colour ink, watercolour illustrations), Publisher Caroline Earlam, Vienna
2017 Children’s poetry book “Pallimäng” by Viiu Härm (colour ink and pastel illustrations), Publisher Tammerraamat, Tallinn
2016 Children’s book “Kakumäe lood” by Tiina Jõgeda (oil colour illustrations), Publisher Tiina Jõgeda, Tallinn
2016 Children’s book “Mitte kaotada!” by Viiu-Marie Fürstenberg (marker pen drawings),
Publisher Tammerraamat, Tallinn
2014 Inspirational Diary “Minu väga hea aasta” by Kaisi Kask (watercolour illustrations), Publisher Kaisi Kask, Tallinn
2015 Children’s book “Lendav kala” by Viiu-Marie Rummo (oil colour illustrations), Publisher Tammerraamat, Tallinn
2013 Poetry Book “Elus on ajad” by Eva Raup (oil paintings), Publisher Inga Läänemets, Tallinn

Catalogues
2015 “Illustrators vol. 2” by Elina Kasesalu, Publisher Paper Cuts, Tallinn

Associations
The Association of Illustrators, London
IBBY – International Board on Books for Young People, Estonia

Festivals
London Book Fair 2018

Biography
Before graduating from the Estonian Academy of Arts (2008) I received academic painting and drawing training at my artist father Ants Viidalepp’s studio. I chose Fashion Design as my main subject since I adored drawing fashion illustrations.

After my Bachelor’s degree I started working as a correspondent journalist for a fashion magazine in Los Angeles, California. At the same time I continued to develop my interest in oil painting, participating in exhibitions and performances in LA. In 2012 I held a solo exhibition with oil paintings and prints in Pärnu, Estonia.

Getting more and more interested in interviewing people & observing their lives I decided to do a Masters in documentary film directing. Two years of studies at the Baltic Film & Media School in Tallinn was full of analysing framing, scripts, photography and storytelling.

After graduation I moved to Paris, France where I got my first illustration commission for a poetry  book. In 2013 I held an exhibition in Alicante, Spain, presenting big format oil paintings – reflections from Paris.

I then moved to London, UK where I was busy illustrating books for 5 years. Since 2018 I live in the South of Sweden and I have now illustrated seven books. I work with traditional media such as watercolour, colour ink, graphite, pastel, oil colour and marker pen as well as with digital media.

My contacts:
maria@viidalepp.com
00447462775915 (UK)
0037255930926 (EST)

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