Marcus Pfister was born the 30th of July 1960 in Bern, Switzer-
land. He attended the Art School of Bern and then completed an
apprenticeship as a Graphic Designer. From 1981-1983 he worked
as a Graphic Designer at the publicity agency Alexandre Ott in
Zurich. He then took off six months and traveled across the United
States, Canada and Mexico. When he re-
turned to Switzerland he started working
as an independent Graphic Artist. Between
1984 and 1985 he made the sketches for
his first picture book “The Sleepy Owl".
It was published in 1986 by North-South
Books, this was the beginning of a long
collaboration. Until 1992, Marcus worked
simultaneously as a Graphic Designer and
as an author/illustrator of children's books.
In 1992 he burst onto the international scene with his book "The
Rainbow Fish", which convinced him to focus solely on writing and
illustrating his own books.
Up to now 49 books of Marcus Pfister have been published. They
have been translated into more than 50 languages. The total
number of published copies has exceeded 30 millions.
As an illustrator, Marcus has never bound himself to a definite
style of art and surprises his audience again and again with new
techniques and images. One can see this in "The Magic Book"
with an elaborate folder-technique, the split pages in "Milo and the
Magical Stones" which tells a story with two different endings, and
in "The Rainbow Fish" series with the use of holographic foil.
There is always a surprise for his readers with new and exciting
effects. He is now concentrating on developing new characters
and artistic concepts for his picture books.
Marcus Pfister has four children and lives with his family in Bern,
Switzerland. His book signing tours have taken him to Korea,
Japan, the United States and many European Countries. His
hobbies are photographing wildlife in the Rainforest and playing
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