Illustrator and Publisher
Serena Riglietti lives in Urbino with her two sons, nine year old Franceso, and six year old Tommaso, an upcoming artist. She has always been fascinanted by the arts and started creating when she was in elementary school in Milan. At an early age, she was exposed to photography, story books, masks, and sculptures-even those of hamsters. She continued her artist explorations and studied animation in High School.
She attended the Academy of Fine Arts Urbino for fine arts but a professor eventually declared that she was more of an illustrator. She agreed and realized then that was the career that she wanted to pursue. Even as la student, Serena was quite driven and started showing her portfolio to publishers. It was on one of these visits that she stood outside the gates of Salani Editore (publisher) and persuaded them to view her portfolio. Her determination eventually landed her first project as the illustrator for the Italian version of Harry Potter series.
From 1994, Serena has been a children’s book illustrator both for major Italian and foreign editors. She has illustrated approximately 70 books, with major publishers such as Mondadori, Grimm Press, Simon and Schuster and Usborne Publishing. Since 2012, Serena has served as the Art Director of the Italian publishing house ‘Mediabooks’ which publishes guides for families with children; the guides are called ‘Divertimappe’.
The concept for the Divertimappa (funmaps) collection is to put together a set of guidebooks
for young people travelling with their families through each region or city of Italy. Each book is filled with brightly coloured pictures, games, and fun facts, all beautifully illustrated and bound together with a child resistant cover and child-friendly spiral bindings. In 2005 Serena founded the Illustration course at the Academy of Fine Arts Urbino where she contines as l an essential member of the faculty.