Celestino Piatti 
Designer, Painter, Illustrator  
1922 - 2007

Celestino Piatti was born in Wagen-Bruttisellen, Switzerland. Piatti was trained in tKunstgewerbeschule under Ernst and Max Gubler in Zurich. He was a member of Fritz Buhler’s team from 1944-1948. In 1948, he established his own graphic design studio. Within a few years he designed posters, advertising campaigns, exhibition designs, packaging, illustrations for national and international clients. He designed over 3000 book covers for DTV in 20 years. 

He created murals showing the Swiss voting system at the Swiss pavilion at Expo’67 in Montreal. He received numerous awards for his posters and books. In addition, his works also included stamps for the Swiss post office, lithographs, woodcuts and linocuts, stained glass, murals and other paintings, ceramics and sculptures. A motif that runs through his entire work, is the owl, as a messenger of good luck or misfortune, or as a symbol of wisdom.  

 "You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret".

books by Piatti

The Happy Owls (1963)
Celestino Piatti's Animal ABC. (1965)
Celestino Piatti's Animals (1966)
Animal ABC (1966)
Piatti: The Nock Family Circus (1968)
The Holy Night: The Story of the First Christmas (1968)
The Golden Apple (1970)
The Little Crayfish (1974)
Barbara and the Door Mouse (1976)

Check out UK's childrens book master. Wildsmith was a real draughtsman, he never hides his linework, which flows throughout his paintings. 


 yorkshire, England

His work is genius. No photoshop texture gimmicks or layers here, how refreshing. Just graphite, watercolor+ gouache and a brush.

One of our favorite artists of all time. 
- E.L.


Mr. Wildsmith studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.A former music teaher at the Royal Military School of Music he gave it up so that he could illustrate books full time. He has deservedly earned a reputation as one of the greatest living children’s illustrators. In 1962 he published his first children’s book ABC for which he was awarded Britain’s equivalent to the Caldecott The Kate Greenaway Medal. The Brian Wildsmith Art Museum was established in 1994 near Tokyo Japan. Mr. Wildsmith passed away in 2016.

“Our children are our inheritance and our future. They are the building blocks of our civilisations and we are inclined sometimes to forget this important and crucial fact. It is important to remember that at birth a child’s soul is like an empty book in which anything may be written. Let us sharpen our wits and pencils and make sure that what we write and paint will fly the child into a world of joy and wonder and imagination. We must write in those books about love humour compassion truth understanding justice… profitable wonders that will determine how our children will develop and help build a happier and more peaceful world.” 

-Brian Wildsmith 2008

His family, Claire, Simon and Rebecca have carefully archived and documented his life works establishing a brilliant website showcasing their father's magical world.   


Here's one of his early sketch layouts from 


Here's a beautifully abstract building from his studio archive. 

THANK YOU for the amazing WORK Mr. Wildsmith.

- ( for Lisa Aten ) CHEERS!