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Ritva Voutila Ritva Voutila i(A64457 works by)
Born: Established:
Scandinavia, Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1981
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Artist and illustrator Ritva Voutila was born in Nokia, Finland and studied art at the School of Art and Design in Helsinki. She first moved to Australia in 1968 but left Australia in 1971 and lived in Spain for ten years. In 1981 she returned to Australia living in Sydney, New South Wales. In 1983 she began working full time as a freelance artist in jewellery design, graphic design and advertising before illustrating her first children's book, 101 Excuses for Not Doing Homework (1990) by Carly Little. Ritva Voutila studied art at Paddington Art School and the Julian Ashton School of Arts and urban design at Sydney University. She also gained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Macquarie University, Sydney.

As well as illustrating her own work and works by Australian authors, Ritva Voutila illustrated works by overseas authors including illustrations for Mexican author Alberto Forcada's Pequeño cuento de horror y otros relatos (2004), The Little Mermaid and Other Stories (1999) by Hans Christian Andersen and The Selfish Giant (2012) by Oscar Wilde. Her illustrations for children's books also include the Storylands Lost Island series and other school readers for Blake Education.

Source: Ritva Voutila website, (sighted 19/11/2012)

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Outside Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2014 7472499 2014 single work picture book children's

'Like the garden it portrays, Outside is a Baroque wonderland waiting to be explored, a shimmery place of texture, luminosity and colour where time stands still and memories are born.

'Two internationally acclaimed creators—author Libby Hathorn and artist Ritva Voutila—have coupled their dazzling imaginative powers to capture the wonder of childhood in this homage to the magic of a garden.' (Publication summary)

2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book
2016 second prize SWW Book Awards Children
y separately published work icon The Stone Lion Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2014 7210728 2014 single work picture book children's

'COMPASSION IS A FORCE MIGHTIER THAN STONE. Sometimes statues are granted a chance to become warm, breathing creatures. The stone lion has only one dream - to run, pounce and leap in the park across from where he sits. But one snowy night, when a baby is abandoned at his paws, he is compelled to think differently.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted REAL Awards Picture Story Books
2015 honour book CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book
2016 honour book KOALA Awards Picture Book
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