About Ellen

Ellen Pestili is an author and illustrator of children’s book. She has written 15 books and illustrated around 50. She is an artist painter as well. She is Brazilian with Italian descent (more precisely from an Italian colony in Brazil called “Quiririm”). Nowadays, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin, United States.

Drawing, painting, writing... are activities that bring me a lot of joy, fulfillment and sometimes even comfort. I have always liked to create. From very early on, I was surrounded by colored pencils, glue, scissors and sheets of paper in which I used to write stories, illustrated and stapled together forming my very first “books”. I still have some of my very first works. I feel privileged because I chose art as my work. I seek inspiration in nature, in people, in trips and throughout my day to day life that I share with my family that I love so much. For me, art is a gift God gave to people to be happier!

Ellen Pestili

1 – Education

1.1 – Credit and Non-credit Courses – Fine Arts

  • 2020: Major in Art Studio (in progress) – Edgewood College – Madison – Wisconsin – United States.
  • 1999 – 2001: Drawing and Painting – “École des Beaux-Arts Saint-Hyacinthe” – Saint-Hyacinthe School of Fine Arts – Saint-Thomas d’Aquin – Quebec – Canada.
  • 2000: “Le Cours du Samedi” (Saturday courses) – University of Quebec in Montreal – Montreal – Quebec – Canada.
  • 1999: Life model drawing – Jacques Clément – Saidye Bronfman Arts Center – Montreal – Quebec – Canada.
  • 1995 – 1999: Painting – Janete Cunha Claro Studio – Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.

 

1.2 – Non-credit Courses – Children’s Literature

  • 2016: “The History of the Illustrated Book” – Odilon Moraes – Campinas – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2015: Advanced Illustration Course: “From the Storyboard to the Finished Book” – Gabriel Pacheco – “Stepan Zavrel” International School of Illustration – Sarmede – Treviso – Italy.
  • 2014: “Visual Laboratory for Narratives” – André Neves and Eva Montanari – Espaço das Três – São Paulo – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2009: Short courses – Parallel Program to “Traçando Histórias” (Creating Stories) – Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil.
  • 2006: 8th FNLIJ (National Foundation for Children and Youth Books) Seminar on Children and Youth Literature – Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.

 

2 – Awards, Recognition and Special Achievements

  • 2016: Illustration of book “Ave Alegria” (Hail to Happiness) by Silvia Orthof “Editora Gaia” (Gaia Publishing House) selected for 8th International Illustration Exhibition “I colori del Sacro” of the Diocesano de Padova Museum – Padova – Italy.
  • 2014: Indicated for the Jabuti Award – Didactic and Paradidactic Category: “Coleção Letra e Cor” (Letter and Color Collection) – “Editora do Brasil” (Publishing House of Brazil) – “Câmara Brasileira do Livro” (Brazilian Book Association) – Brazil.
  • 2013: Illustrations of book “O Príncipe Contador de Histórias” (The Storytelling Prince) – “Editora Cortez” (Cortez Publishing House) – selected for the Illustration and Catalog Exhibition of the 24th Bratislava Illustration Biennial – Bratislava – Slovakia.
  • 2013: Selected to participate in the 50-year commemoration book of Mauricio de Souza’s character “Mônica”. Invited by “Editora Panini” (Panini Publishing House) – São Paulo – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2010: Illustrations of book “Flora” (Flora) by Bartolomeu Campos de Queiroz – “Editora Global” (Global Publishing House) selected for the 7th “Traçando Histórias” (Creating Stories) – Children’s and Youth Literature Illustration Exhibition – Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil.
  • 2009: Illustrations of books “Alma de Rio” (The River’s Soul) and “Por que os sapos são verdes?” (Why Are the Frogs Green?), both by “Editora Cortez” (Cortez Publishing House), selected for the Illustration and Catalog Exhibition of the 22nd Bratislava Illustrations Biennial – Bratislava – Slovakia.
  • 2009: Nominated for the Jabuti Award – Best Children’s Book category: “Alma de Rio” (The River’s Soul) – “Editora Cortez” (Cortez Publishing House) – “Câmara Brasileira do Livro” – (Brazilian Book Association) – Brazil.
  • 2009: Book “Pretinho, meu boneco querido” (My Black Beauty) by Maria Cristina Furtado – “Editora do Brasil” Publishing House selected for the National Foundation for Children and Youth Books (FNLIJ) – Brazilian Section of IBBY – catalog (re-edition category) for the 46th Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Bologna – Italy.
  • 2008: Book “Era um vento muito branco” (It Was a Very White Wind), by Carlos Nejar – “Editora Global” (Global Publishing House) selected for the FNLIJ catalog (poem category) for the 45th Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Bologna – Italy.
  • 2008: Illustrations of book “Casa Botão” (The Button House), by Hermes Bernardi Jr. – “Editora DCL” (DCL Publishing House) selected for the 6th “Traçando Histórias” (Creating Stories) – Children’s and Youth Literature Illustration Exhibition – Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil.
  • 2007: Book “Tênis” (Sneakers), by Guilherme de Almeida – “Editora Global” (Global Publishing House) selected for the FNLIJ catalog (poem category) for the 44th Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Bologna – Italy.
  • 2007: Book “Casa Botão” (The Button House), by Hermes Bernardi Jr. – “Editora DCL” (DCL Publishing House) winner of the 17th “Fernando Pini” Award for Graphic Excellence, in the children’s book category – São Paulo – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2006: Finalist in the 3rd Children’s Illustration Competition held by “Jornal Folha de São Paulo” (Folha Newspaper of São Paulo) – São Paulo – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2006: Illustrations of book “Ludens, a cidade dos bonecos” (Ludens, the City of Dolls), by Eraldo Miranda “Editora Elementar” (Elementar Publishing House) and the book “Tênis” (Sneakers), by Guilherme de Almeida – “Editora Global” (Global Publishing House) selected for the 5th “Traçando Histórias” (Creating Stories) – Children’s and Youth Literature Illustration Exhibition – Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil.
  • 2001: Cited in book “A arte brasileira no Quebec” (Brazilian Art in Quebec), by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil – Consulate General of Brazil in Montreal – Montreal – Canada.

 

3 – Relevant Work Experience

3.1 – Exhibitions

3.1.1 – Group Exhibit

  • 2016: XVIII Visual Arts Exhibition of UNASP – Adventist University Center of São Paulo – Engenheiro Coelho – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2014: XXVII Visual Arts Hall of Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2014: XVI Visual Arts Exhibition of UNASP – Engenheiro Coelho – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2005 – 2009: “Ilustrando em Revista” (Illustrating in Magazines) – illustration selected for exhibition (which took place in many Brazilian cities) and catalog collection of the best illustrations published in the “Editora Abril” (Abril Publishing House) magazines during the last five decades, according to Roberto Civita (President and Editor of Abril).
  • 2007: XX Visual Arts Hall of Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2003: Exhibition “Primavera” (Spring) – Janete Cunha Claro Studio – Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2003: III Exhibition “A Natureza é uma arte” (Nature is an Art) at International Paper Industry – Mogi Guaçu – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2002: XV Visual Arts Hall of Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2001: Art Exhibition – Release of book “A arte Brasileira no Quebec” (Brazilian Art in Quebec), by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Brazil – Consulate General of Brazil in Montreal – Montreal – Canada.
  • 2001: Student Exhibition of “École des Beaux-Arts Saint-Hyacinthe” (Saint-Hyacinthe Fine Arts School) – “Caisse Populaire Desjardins” – Saint-Hyacinthe – Quebec – Canada.
  • 2001: XIV Visual Arts Hall of Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2001: V Fine Arts Hall of Serra Negra – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2000: Artesanos Art Gallery – Coral Gables – Florida – United States.
  • 2000: Exhibition “Pour l’amour des grands maîtres” – Student Exhibition of the “École des Beaux-Arts Saint-Hyacinthe” (Saint-Hyacinthe Fine Arts School) – Saint-Hyacinthe – Quebec – Canada
  • 2000 – 1999: Echo Diffusart Art Gallery – Ottawa – Ontario – Canada.
  • 2000: Exhibition in commemoration of 500 years of the discovery of Brazil – OACI – Montreal – Quebec – Canada.
  • 2000: Judith Jasmin Pavilion – University of Quebec in Montreal – Montreal – Canada.
  • 2000: “As cores do Brasil” (The Colors of Brazil) – Library TA Saint-Germain – Saint-Hyacinthe – Quebec – Canada.
  • 1999: Le Parvis Gallery – Saint-Hyacinthe – Quebec – Canada.
  • 1999: Saidye Bronfman Arts Center – Montreal – Quebec – Canada.
  • 1999: Brazil Art Week – Sacre Coeur Institute – Vienna – Austria.
  • 1998: XI Visual Arts Hall of Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 1997: X Visual Arts Hall of Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 1997: Exhibition during the “1o Encontro de Pós-graduandos da Universidade Estadual Paulista” (1st Meeting of Graduate Students of São Paulo State University) – Jaboticabal – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 1996: “Registro e Visões” (Record and Vision) – Lauro M. C. Silva Cultural Center – Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 1996: “Arte Negra” (Black Art) – Lauro M. C. Silva Cultural Center – Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 1995: VIII Visual Arts Hall of Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 1995: “Banco do Brasil” (Bank of Brazil) Cultural Space – Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.

 

3.1.2 – Individual Exhibit

  • 2001: Sarau Cultural Space – Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil
  • 2001: University of Montreal College of Veterinary Medicine Library – Saint-Hyacinthe – Quebec – Canada.

 

3.1.3 – Art Gallery Exhibits

  • 1999 – 2004: Jeannine Blais Gallery – North Hatley – Quebec – Canada.
  • 2000 – 2007: Yvon Désgagnés Art Gallery – Baie Saint-Paul – Quebec – Canada.
  • 2002 – 2005: Regina Pergorer Art Gallery – Angra dos Reis – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.
  • 2002 – 2007: Art Studio – Campinas – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2003, 2004: Art Bank – São Paulo – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2003, 2004: A Praça Art Gallery – Campos do Jordão – São Paulo – Brazil.

 

3.2 – Special Guest Lecturer

  • 2018: Guest teacher of the subject “Fine Arts” from the High School Program – UNASP – Adventist University Center of São Paulo – Engenheiro Coelho – São Paulo – Brazil, in partnership with Griggs International Academy and Andrews University – Berrien Springs – Michigan – United States.
  • 2016: Workshop: “Desenhando e colorindo a beleza negra” (Drawing and coloring the beauty in black) – III Lecture on Black Awareness debate – UNASP – Engenheiro Coelho – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2010: I Architecture and Urbanism Week of UNASP – Engenheiro Coelho – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2010: “Técnicas em Ilustração” (Techniques in Illustration) – Short course ministered at the 56th Book Fair of Porto Alegre – Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil.
  • 2006: Meet the author – 8th Book Hall at FNLIJ – Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.
  • 2004: Art teacher for Children’s Education for the 5th Grade at “Colégio Anglo” (Anglo School) – Mogi Guaçu – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2002: Art teacher at the “Oficina das Artes” (Art Workshop) – Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2000: Teacher in course on drawing, tones, colors and pastel for children and adolescents at the “École des Beaux-Arts Saint-Hyacinthe” (Saint-Hyacinthe Fine Arts School) – Saint-Thomas d’Aquin – Quebec – Canada.
  • 1999, 1998, 2001, 2002: Art teacher for rural residents (adults and children) of the “Fazenda Haras São Francisco” (Haras São Francisco Ranch) – Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.

 

4 – Published Books as author and/or illustrator:

  1. A Ilha do Tesouro (Treasure Island)
  2. Agora é Minha Vez (Now It’s My Turn)
  3. Cachinhos De Ouro (Goldilocks)
  4. Os Músicos De Bremen (Town Musicians of Bremen)
  5. De Todas As Cores (In All Colors)
  6. Ludens, A Cidade De Bonecos (Ludens, the City of Dolls)
  7. Tênis (Sneakers)
  8. Pirata De Palavras (Word Pirates)
  9. O Presente de Aniversário (The Birthday Gift) – author and illustrator
  10. Menina Não Entra (No Girls Allowed)
  11. Um Brinquedo Diferente (A Different Toy)
  12. Rainha Margarete (Queen Margarete)
  13. Era Um Vento Muito Branco (It Was a Very White Wind)
  14. Casa Botão (The Button House)
  15. Por Que Os Sapos São Verdes? (Why Are the Frogs Green?)
  16. Ora, Vírgulas (Oh, Commas)
  17. Lá no Coração (There in the Heart) – author and illustrator
  18. O Fio Da Aranha, O Fio Da Vida (The Spider’s Thread, the Thread of Life)
  19. Pretinho, Meu Boneco Querido (My Black Beauty)
  20. Castelo Da Poesia (The Castle of Poetry)
  21. A Menina Que Bordava Bilhetes (The Girl Who Embroidered Letters)
  22. Alma de Rio (The River’s Soul) – author and illustrator
  23. A Centopeia Sem Pés (The Footless Centipede)
  24. Amazônia (Amazônia) – also translated into Spanish – author and illustrator
  25. Tão Longe Tão Perto Dos Bichos (So Far and So Close to the Animals) – also translated into Spanish – author and illustrator
  26. O Vento Veio Brincar No Trapézio (The Wind Came to Play on the Trapeze)
  27. As Encrencas De Zé Trelelé: Três Histórias Sobre Ecologia (The Mischiefs of Zé Trelelé: Three Stories about Ecology)
  28. Flora (Flora) – also translated into Spanish
  29. Uma Ideia Solta No Ar (An Idea Loose in the Air)
  30. Renoir E a Borboleta Marieta (Renoir and Marieta the Butterfly)
  31. Carta Da Terra (Earth’s Letter)
  32. Colcha De Retalhos (Patchwork Quilt)
  33. Já Está Na Hora? (Is it Time Yet?)
  34. Severino Faz Chover (Severino Makes it Rain)
  35. Quando Nina Ficou Doente (When Nina Got Sick) – author and illustrator
  36. O Príncipe Contador De Histórias (The Storytelling Prince) – author and illustrator
  37. Um Jardim Para Pétala (Pétala’s Garden)
  38. Canção Da Tarde No Campo (Afternoon Song in the Countryside)
  39. O Short Amarelo Da Raposa (The Fox’s Yellow Shorts)
  40. Cada Casa Casa Com Cada Um (All the Houses Have the Right Owner) – author and illustrator
  41. Sinto O Que Sinto Com Cinco Sentidos (I Feel What I Feel With My Five Senses) – author and illustrator
  42. Quem Vai E Vem Um Jeito Sempre Tem (Those Who Come and Go Always Find a Way) – author and illustrator
  43. Ave Alegria (Hail to Happiness)
  44. A Herança (The Inheritance) – author and illustrator
  45. Brincadeira De Letrinhas (Little Letters Game)
  46. O Sumiço Da Casa Da Palha (The Straw House Disappearance)
  47. Horta, Pomar E Jardim, Brincadeira Não Tem Fim (The Vegetable Garden, the Orchard and the Flower Garden, The Fun Never Ends) – author and illustrator
  48. Igual Ou Diferente, Depende Do Olhar Da Gente (The Same or Different, It Depends On How We See It) – author and illustrator


Also participated in the illustrations of 8 Textbooks, 9 Magazines and 5 newspapers.

5 – International Scholarship Grant

  • 2009 – 2015: Received a scholarship from the Federico Foundation (from the United States) for research in the field of Environmental Education through art. Projects were developed in 3 schools during this period: (1) Municipal Elementary School “Nelson Neves”, in Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil; (2) UNASP Elementary School – São Paulo Adventist University, in Engenheiro Coelho – São Paulo – Brazil; and (3) Paulo Freire Community School, in Toyota – Japan.
  • 2014, 2015: Distributed the book “Literatura infantil, Arte e Educação Ambiental – um Diálogo Possível” (Children’s Literature, Art and Environmental Education – a possible dialogue) to teachers of various public and private schools and lectured on the books.
  • 2013: Wrote, illustrated and edited the book: “Literatura infantil, Arte e Educação Ambiental – um diálogo possível” (Children’s Literature, Art and Environmental Education – a possible dialogue).
  • 2010: Article related to the above mentioned project, “o papel da literatura infantil como instrumento na reflexão e busca de soluções dos problemas ambientais” (the role of children’s literature as an instrument of reflection and search for solutions for environmental problems) published in the magazine “Ambiente e Educação” (Environment and Education), by FURG publishing house.

 

6 – Other Education:

  • 2011: Graduate studies “latu-sensu” – specialization in Preventive and Natural Health – Adventist University Center of São Paulo – UNASP – Engenheiro Coelho – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2005: Graduate studies “strictu-sensu” – Doctorate (PhD) – School of Medical Sciences – University of Campinas – UNICAMP – Campinas – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 2001: Graduate studies “strictu-sensu” – Master’s in Veterinary Pathology – University of Montreal – Saint-Hyacinthe – Quebec – Canada.
  • 1998: Graduate studies “strictu-sensu” – Master’s in Veterinary Surgery – São Paulo State University – UNESP – Jaboticabal – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 1994: Graduate studies “latu-sensu” – Specialization in Veterinary Clinic and Surgery – Federal University of Viçosa – UFV – Minas Gerais – Brazil.
  • 1993: Bachelor’s in Veterinary Medicine – São Paulo State University – UNESP – Jaboticabal – São Paulo – Brazil.

 

7 – Unrelated Work Experience:

  • 2000: Award: Second place in the “Young Investigator Award 2000” for a research presentation at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists – Amelia Island – Florida – United States.
  • 2000 – 2002: Research Assistant at the College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal in Saint-Hyacinthe – Quebec – Canada.
  • 1999 (Physiology) and 2001, 2002 (Histology): Physiology and Histology Professor at the School of Medicine at Unipinhal – Espirito Santo de Pinhal – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 1995 – 1999: Clinical and surgical practice – small animal – Unipinhal Veterinary Hospital – Espírito Santo de Pinhal – São Paulo – Brazil.
  • 1995, 1996, 1998: Clinical and surgical practice – small animal – São Francisco Veterinary Clinic – Mogi Mirim – São Paulo – Brazil.

 

8 – Languages:

  • Portuguese (native)
  • English (advanced)
  • French (advanced)