ABOUT OLGA REIFF
Born in Innsbruck, Austria, I was raised with lots of pencils and books in several languages. After university, I moved to Luxembourg, where I worked as a translator. In 2011, I started to take classes in drawing and water color painting, which lead me to kidlit. I realized that I wanted to create children’s books, something that I had dreamt of ever since I was a child.
My first picture book for the Luxembourg based publisher Editions Guy Binsfeld, about a forest kindergarten, is written in Lëtzebuergesch, one of the three national languages in Luxembourg. The book was published in 2018.“Dem Eco seng Rees”, a book for elder kids, which I illustrated, was published in 2019. Currently I’m working on a third picture book for an author from Luxembourg.Other activities are drawing workshops and lectures for children held in my town Esch/Alzette.
I illustrate mostly children from toddler to school age, nature and animals on a background of the everyday life.
My illustrations are figurative and rather realistic, with a touch of nostalgia.
Usually, I do an ink and pen drawing, finishing it with light layers of watercolor.I love the craft of it, choosing the nib and the ink, mixing my own colors from a very restrained palette. For my latest book project, I decided to go digital.
Several exhibitions with my personal work were organized in Luxembourg and other european countries.