Marta Bartolj was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, in 1979. After graduating from the Arthouse College of Visual Arts, Ljubljana, in 2011, she pursued her postgraduate master’s studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana, where she immersed herself in illustration. The wordless book she made for her final project before earning her master’s degree in 2016 won a student award of the University of Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design. The book, the first one she authored, was published as ‘Kje si?’ (‘Where Are You?’) by Miš Publishing in 2018, and received a special prize as an outstanding wordless picture book at the 2018 Kristina Brenkova Awards. Marta loves to put on her illustrator’s shoes – they are the ones she feels most comfortable in.
- student award of the University of Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design for the wordless book Kje si?
- special prize of Kristina Brenkova Award for the outstanding wordless picture book Kje si?