Biography

Humor, depth and resonance, those are only three of the many adjectives one could use to describe Marisol Sarrazin’s unique style and approach to illustration. Born on May 14, 1965, Marisol spent her childhood with a father who wrote professionally and a mother who both wrote and illustrated children’s books. After studying at prestigious Brébeuf College in Montreal, where her aptitude for art was recognized by two awards, she was selected among hundreds of applicants to pursue her training in graphic design at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Today she is an internationally renowned children’s books illustrator and lives in a little house with a pointed roof in the same hilly countryside she was born in. From morning to night she spends her time creating art for numerous applications and coming to the aid of authors seeking the storytelling qualities of her seasoned talent! Since 1986, she has published more than sixty books and the universality of her characters has led to translations in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Italian, German and Greek.


Marisol also conducts seminars in schools, libraries and book fairs all over North America and in Europe. Her work has already earned her, among others, the Mr. Christie Award in 1998 and her name was on the lists of finalists for the prestigious Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrators Medal for 2001. Marisol’s artwork was also selected by IBBY as part of a worldwide exhibition of the 50 best Canadian illustrated books published between 2000 and 2003.