The Heroine’s Journey of Chiara Dattola

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing I love about my work is giving birth to any kind of fantastic world or creature.

What is my idea of happiness? I’m happy when I feel satisfied of what I’ve done, when I keep control of my thoughts and my ideas.

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What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is loosing my imagination.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Sometimes I feel insecure in my abilities.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire a lot of artists and illustrators. Now I’m studying the work of Per Adolfsen, Paul Cox, Yuko Shimizu, Olaf Hajek.

What is my greatest extravagance? Usually cook 3 kind of different dishes, because I want to taste per meal, three different flavors. I don’t like pasta very much.

On what occasion would I lie? I never lie, I prefer to find something nice to say in every situation. I’m sincere.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Payments are irregular.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I really love my work, so I’m happy everytime I can do that the best way.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Change my sense of guilt.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I think I’ve found my artistic voice/language: I find myself in every thing I do.

Where would I most like to live? Close to my friends and family.

What is my most treasured possession? My hands, my brain.

What is my most marked characteristic? I’ve very serious, patient and focused.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Paris and Athens

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? My favorite place close to home is La Buttiga, our wonderful craft brewery.

What books influenced my life and how? The Divina Commedia, Dante Alighieri.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Steve Vai, The entire discography

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Snoopy, really would be like him!

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? I feel like a greek hero, always ready to start another adventure.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot, 7 Years in Tibet, The Badabook

What role plays art in my life and work? Art is fundamental in my life, is one of the reasons I wake up everyday.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? The truth.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My friends, my tribe, they are my partners in crime. They know who I am and why I do what I do.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020? 2020/2021 and more – Hermès, Centre Pompidou, Irene Gallo art director, Aviva Michaelov art director, Flammarion jeunesse pub., Gallimard jeuness pub., Albin Michel jeunesse, Galérie Martel Paris, Collezione Ramo – Milan, Knolltextiles.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2020? Irene Gallo art director, Aviva Michaelov art director, Yuko Shimizu, Kamy Pakdel, Olivier Douzou.

What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on? My work around surface design and two projects of adult’s book.

Where can you see me or my work in 2020? I can see myself teaching illustration/ drawing to everyone want to learn.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? This is my life!

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Francesca Capellini, Marta Jorio, Fleur Daugey(writer), Alice Milani, Valentina Alga Casali.

How can you contact me?


Le Livre des animaux magiques, Ricochet jeunesse,

Les P’tits singes, Ricochet jeunesse,

Les P’tits volcans, Ricochet jeunesse,

Les P’tits volcans (e-book), Ricochet jeunesse,

Fughe verticali, Gioele Edizioni,

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