At this year’s UPDATE-19-BERLIN, two illustrators from the agency kombinatrotweiss-illustration illustrated live at the event: Marianna GEFEN collaged visitors in their element (fire, water, air and earth). And Belicta CASTELBARCO enchanted us all with her beautiful love quotes in masterly illustrations on vintage plates.
Belicta Castelbarco is an all-round talent. She was born in Londrina, Brazil, and grew up in Milan, Italy. Without any knowledge of the German language at all, Belicta applied to the renowned Folkwang University in Essen. Only after passing the entry exam did she realize that she would have to learn German before she could begin studying. Which she did, and from then on, visited the illustration class of Professor Otto Näscher and the typography class of Professor Volker Küster. Since her successful graduation, she has been working as a freelance illustrator.
Marianna Gefen is a native of St. Petersburg. She moved to Germany with her parents at the age of ten. As long as she can remember, she has illustrated. So it was quite natural for her to study design with a major in illustration at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Curious, Marianna wanted to know more and took up a second course in illustration at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg where she received a master’s degree. She went to Madrid for a term abroad, fell head over heels in love with the Spanish way of life and stayed for five years. The illustrator, who meanwhile lives in Berlin, creates colorful illustrations, in which she combines seemingly realistic elements with abstract components. GoSee!