My  name is Anna Masini (aka Ninamasina) and I’m an illustrator, picture book maker and textile designer based in Milan, Italy.





awards and selections

American Illustration 35, chosen winner
Creative Quarterly 43, illustration professional section, summer 2016
AI Annual 2016, selected for the Italian illustration catalogue AI
Creative Quarterly 100 best Annual 2015
Prix Petit Grain de Sel, Clin d’œil du Jury with the book Simon et Naslat, 2015
International Festival of Illustrated Books in Barcelona, 2014
Creative Quarterly 37, illustration professional section, winter 2014


selected clients and collaborations

ADL / Awesome Books / Bruaà Editora / Charity Children / CHEAP! Festival / Compagnia Dionisi / Creative Action Network / DailyLit / Donne e TecnologieEdiciones Tecolote / Editori Internazionali Riuniti / FabricUpIllozineItinera / Loescher / Mimesis Edizioni / Missoni / Monkey Records / Philomèle Editions / Revista Periplo / Soft RevolutionTaste of StyleTeatro Ringhiera ATIR / Terre di mezzo / The Color SoupUPPERCASE



Arturo, written by Davide Cali, Bruaà Editora 2012   (buy here)
Simon et Naslat, written by Hélène Rice, Philomèle Editions 2013   (buy here)
Favole per bambini zen, Editori Internazionali Riuniti 2013   (buy here)


self-publishing: Red Boots books

Aria, printed in March 2014   (buy here)
Nom de plume, printed in October 2014  (buy here)
Souvenir, printed in March 2015  (buy here)
Corpo Celeste – printed in April 2016  (buy here)


books & publications features

The Surface Pattern Design Guide, UPPERCASE magazine, 2017
Making childhood coloful: designing books for children, IMAGES publishing, 2016
UPPERCASE magazine, issue 29, April 2016


web features + interviews

Antenata / Carta Resistente / PICAME / the Design Potthe setup / Terre di Mezzo / The Color SoupTopipittori / Women Who Draw



After a bachelor in Cultural Anthropology and a Cinematography degree, I have started working for a video production company by day, while taking drawing and printing techniques classes by night.
I’ve been a videomaker for about four years before deciding to devote myself solely to ink, pencils and paper. Practising different kinds of visual language, I finally understood which was mine.

Now I work as a freelance illustrator with italian and foreign publishers, drawing and designing books and children’s books, covers and illustrations for press. My books have been published in Italy, France, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil and Korea. At the beginning of 2014 I finally founded my own little self-publishing label called Red Boots, to print and publish some of my picture book projects.

My work often breaks the border of the sheets of paper, through the creation of puppets, toys and surface designs. I also collaborate with theater companies in scenography, puppetry and live painting.


solo show

* retrospettiva: 2010-2016, biblioteca Zara, Milano, novembre 2016


collective exhibitions (to update)

* Libri Liberi, Milonga Cornici, Milano, 2016
* Librimmaginari: avventure dello sguardo, Viterbo, 2015
* Laboratorio presso ATIR Teatro Ringhiera, Milano, 2014
* See America, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, New York, 2014
* Librimmaginari: Funes o della memoria, Viterbo, 2013
* L’autre – SKIN, Mairie de Paris-salle d’exposition, Paris, 2013
* From there to now, MiCamera, Milan, 2013
* #speciedispazi, SiFest(OFF), Savignano, 2013
* Figuratevi…  Immagini come farfalle, Perugia, 2013
* Amoilsolstiziodestate! AI Lunch Break, online summer gallery, 2013
* Libretto Postale – Animali in viaggio, travelling exhibition, 2013
* In Corridoio, Milano, 2012
* Ribellezza, mostra online, 2012
* Muro come un pesce, Termoli, 2012
* Disegni all’asta, Galleria Affiche, Milano, 2012
* Immaginari Emiliani, artisti in mostra per l’Emilia, 2012
* Librimmaginari, Viterbo, 2012
* Loja de Briquedos, Bologna, 2012
* E’ la Liguria terra leggiadra, Milano, 2012
* illustrAzioni in corso per il FAI, Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milano, 2011
* Abbracciando la natura, Milano, 2010
* 100 illustratori per i bambini di Gaza, Galleria Affiche, Milano, 2010
* Vanitas Fair, Artelier Mècano ,Trieste, 2009