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Joanna Gniady is an illustrator based in Wroclaw, Poland. She works with a diverse range of international clients, creating illustrations for editorial, publishing, culture or advertising.
Having over ten years of experience, Jo has worked with Opéra National de Paris, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Netflix, IKEA and ELLE, amongst many others.
She's a member of the Association of Graphic Designers (STGU) - an organization that brings together the best graphic designers in Poland. Her work has received a significant recognition from The AOI (shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards 2017) and 3x3 International Illustration Awards, Professional Show (Merit Winner 2015). She was also chosen as one of 30 Creatives of Wroclaw 2018 - a prize that honours the most go-ahead people of the city.
Jo has a thing about Italian sculptures, vintage kimonos, India ink and flamboyant moustaches. Fin de siècle imagery, silver shoes, stargazer lilies and polka dots. Museums, Fleurs du Mal, big dreams, small obsessions and, well, making lists.
Place where I work, meet friends, sleep on the desk and work even more.
Everything starts on a blank sheet. Sketching helps me think and my hands like to get dirty. But the ideas I show my clients are usually advanced and colourful. I'm not a work-in-progress-type-of-person.
This park is located five minutes from my studio. And it's one of the most magical places in Wroclaw. This is where my merry inspiration goes around.
Like in every self-respecting studio, we have a pet. It's not a dog, it's not a seal. It's a panther. I'll tell you the secret. It creates 90% of my illustrations. But please, don't let the cat out of the bag.
Photos by Natalia & Ernest Dec / www.piqsell.pl