Illustration

 
Upside-Down World Creatures / Personal project / All rights reserved © Reka Kiraly

Upside-Down World Creatures / Personal project / All rights reserved © Reka Kiraly

Storycubes / Interactive Installation / Finland / All rights reserved © Reka Kiraly

Storycubes / Interactive Installation / Finland / All rights reserved © Reka Kiraly

Illustrations

Since 2005, I have been working with illustration and children’s culture in various forms. My illustrations combine playfulness, curious characters, modularity, often flat shapes and compact colours. Whether a wall mural or a commercial illustration one will find peculiar colour combination in my illustrations. Finding a fresh and unique colour way for the project is a starting point in my work.

Recent Clients

Come to Finland Publishing Ab Oy (FI), Design Museum Helsinki (FI), Fisher-Price Ltd. (USA), Habitare (FI), Hakola Furniture Company (FI), Helsinki Design Week (FI), Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art (FI), MAKI minimag (NL), Paperchase (UK), Sangetsu (JP), Senshukai (JP), Thames&Hudson (UK)

Kiasma Monsters for Children’s programs and tours / Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki / Finland / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Kiasma

Kiasma Monsters for Children’s programs and tours / Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki / Finland / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Kiasma

Jungle, Editorial Illustration / MAKI minimag / The Netherlands / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Makiminimag

Jungle, Editorial Illustration / MAKI minimag / The Netherlands / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Makiminimag

Christmas card / Hakola Furniture Company / Finland / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Hakola

Christmas card / Hakola Furniture Company / Finland / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Hakola

Come to Finland posters / Come to Finland AB Oy / Finland / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Come to Finland

Come to Finland posters / Come to Finland AB Oy / Finland / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Come to Finland

Colours

Light conditions and colours influence the way we perceive our surrounding. I collect peculiar colour combinations wherever I go, and like to challenge in my work the socially pre-set colour variations. Colours are fascinating. they can uplift our mood, change even some of our habits, and they evoke memories.

Playing

Play and playfulness is a central element in my work. So often an underestimated notion, playing is essential in exploring, understanding and learning one’s self and surrounding. Through my work I invite people to play again, and remember the enthusiasm with what they observed things when they were children.

 
 

Picture books

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Storytelling

My first book was a collaborative adventure and it was published in 2011 in Finland. Since then 9 other books have followed. Some of these picture books have been published in various languages, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Spanish amongst them. I’m a visual storyteller, and find it important to leave space for the reader to ponder and think. I believe that picture books can tackle even the most difficult topics. As such, they are both for kids as well as for adults.

Children’s books by me:

It’s Snowing, Lupo! (orig.title: Lunta sataa, Lupo!, in collaboration with Marika Maijala) WSOY, 2012
Little Big Story About Tomorrow (orig.title: Pieni suuri tarina huomisesta) WSOY, 2013
Topi’s Sooty day (orig.title: Topin nokinenäpäivä, in collaboration with Marika Maijala) WSOY, 2014
One More (orig.title: Yksi vielä) Etana Editions, 2014
Pop Soon at Home (orig.title: Pop pian kotona, in collaboration with Jenni Erkintalo) Etana Editions, 2015
Pop doodles (orig.title: Pop puuhaa, in collaboration with Jenni Erkintalo) Etana Editions, 2015
A House Around the Corner (orig.title: Talo kulman takana, in collaboration with Jenni Erkintalo) Etana Editions, 2016
Little Big Story About Friendship (orig.title: Pieni suuri tarina ystävyydestä) Etana Editions, 2017
Little Big Story About Christmas (orig.title: Pieni suuri tarina joulusta) Etana Editions, 2018
• My Friends the Trees (orig.title: Ystäväni puu, in collaboration with Jenni Erkintalo) Etana Editions, 2019

 
A Little Big Story about Friendship / Etana Editions, 2017 / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Etana Editions

A Little Big Story about Friendship / Etana Editions, 2017 / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Etana Editions

A Little Big Story about Friendship / Etana Editions, 2017 / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Etana Editions

A Little Big Story about Friendship / Etana Editions, 2017 / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Etana Editions

A Little Big Story about Christmas / Etana Editions, 2017 / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Etana Editions

A Little Big Story about Christmas / Etana Editions, 2017 / Copyright © Reka Kiraly and Etana Editions