Ilon Wikland

Ilon Wikland is an Estonian-born Swedish artist and illustrator. In 1944 she escaped the Soviet occupation of Estonia and arrived in Sweden as a 14-year-old refugee. She was later educated at Swedish art school Konstfack and in 1953 Wikland applied for a job as an illustrator at publisher Rabén & Sjögren, where she started working with Astrid Lindgren.

Ilon and Astrid worked together for many years and Ilon has illustrated some of Astrid’s most appreciated works like The Children of Noisy Village, Madicken, Karlsson on the roof, Ronja the Robber’s daughter and many more.

Rights & Brands represent the joint works of Astrid Lindgren & Ilon Wikland, and Ilon’s personal artbank. A treasure of illustrations in a variety of techniques, with over 1 000 images in the styleguide, is available from Rights & Brands. Please contact us for any publishing, licensing or image enquiries. 

“Light, air, warmth, feeling and colour. That’s when the image comes alive.”

– Ilon Wikland  

Photo of Ilon Wikland by Leif Hansen

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Awards & Nominations


  • The Elsa Beskow Plaque


  • The Swedish Publishers Association Honorary Award


  • The Swedish Publishers Association Honorary Award



  • Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award prize nominee


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