Born in Russia, Alyana Cazalet has travelled widely and she believes the nomadic lifestyle has left its mark on her rough, sketchy drawing style. Now based in London, her road to becoming a professional illustrator has taken many twists and turns – she’s printed textiles, made puppets and was a photographer for a while too.
Alyana has studied applied arts in Moscow, and printmaking in London.
With the playful eye of a cartoonist, Alyana is intuitive and spontaneous once she puts ink to paper. She likes to create images that say more than words can express.
There’s the element of surprise, along with lots of movement and energy, in Alyana’s work. Her style is expressive and carnival-esque, and it’s evolving all the time as she experiments with new techniques and different media. She’s influenced by everything from Jazz to dark Russian literature, and from Hieronymus Bosch to the Moomins.