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 on Troublemaker street, Mardie, Karlsson on the roof, Ronja the Robber’s daughter and many more.

Born in 1930, Ilon Wikland celebrates 90 years in 2020. In honour of her work, an anniversary logo is available from Rights & Brands. The logo may be used freely for any books, campaigns and events celebrating Ilon and her beautiful illustrations. 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

Awards & Nominations

Awards

  • The Elsa Beskow Plaque

    1969

  • The Swedish Publishers Association Honorary Award

    2003

  • The Swedish Publishers Association Honorary Award

    2018

Nominations

  • Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award prize nominee

    2019

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