I run courses for adults and children to help them explore their creativity and make it part of their life.

I have always loved travelling, since I was a child and my parents vagabonded Europe with the 5 of us. I have lived and worked in several countries and this has always been the best source of artistic inspiration for me. I worked with tribal women in India, street children in Rwanda, and with a village community in Brasil.

CECILIA SIMONYI

I have studied literature, cultural anthropology, journalism and woodcarving in a magical South-Hungarian city called Pécs. Later I studied drawing, painting, playing and experimenting in Ghent (Belgium) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and printmaking in Óbuda School of Fine Arts (Budapest). In 2017 I finished a Master in Illustration for Publishing at Ars in Fabula (Macerata University of Fine Arts, Italy).

I illustrate children’s books and poetry, bind books, design objects, play with ways of printmaking and all kinds of technics that come in my way.

I got to know the community of Urban Sketchers in 2011, whose manifesto – “see the world, one drawing at a time” – deeply resonates with me. A few years later, for a field trip in Crete I sew my first sketching bag (using an old pillowcase) which has brought about a significant shift for me in everyday drawing. This little object has practically become part of my body and follows me through my steps and days. In 2019 I started making these bags – WALKIT bags – also for sale.

Since the very beginning a lot of learning and support came from my Fellow Illustrators who form a uniquely inspirational and encouraging professional community (Illusztrátor Pajtások) in Hungary.

A bright light in my life is Samu, my son, playing and learning life with me every day.

For the beautiful photos and her ever inspiring company, a heartfelt THANK YOU to Andrea Soós and my brilliant webmaster is Nóra Hunyadi.

CECILIA SIMONYI

I have studied literature, cultural anthropology, journalism and woodcarving in a magical South-Hungarian city called Pécs. Later I studied drawing, painting, playing and experimenting in Ghent (Belgium) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and printmaking in Óbuda School of Fine Arts (Budapest). In 2017 I finished a Master in Illustration for Publishing at Ars in Fabula (Macerata University of Fine Arts, Italy).

I illustrate children’s books and poetry, bind books, design objects, play with ways of printmaking and all kinds of technics that come in my way.

I run courses for adults and children to help them explore their creativity and make it part of their life.

I have always loved travelling, since I was a child and my parents vagabonded Europe with the 5 of us. I have lived and worked in several countries and this has always been the best source of artistic inspiration for me. I worked with tribal women in India, street children in Rwanda, and with a village community in Brasil.

I got to know the community of Urban Sketchers in 2011, whose manifesto – “see the world, one drawing at a time” – deeply resonates with me. A few years later, for a field trip in Crete I sew my first sketching bag (using an old pillowcase) which has brought about a significant shift for me in everyday drawing. This little object has practically become part of my body and follows me through my steps and days. In 2019 I started making these bags – WALKIT bags – also for sale.

Since the very beginning a lot of learning and support came from my Fellow Illustrators who form a uniquely inspirational and encouraging professional community (Illusztrátor Pajtások) in Hungary.

A bright light in my life is Samu, my son, playing and learning life with me every day.

For the beautiful photos and her ever inspiring company, a heartfelt THANK YOU to Andrea Soós and my brilliant webmaster is Nóra Hunyadi.