Photo by Jonne Sippola, 2018.


Hi! Nice that you ended up here!


I am Ilja Karsikas – an illustrator, musician and picture book author living in Helsinki, Finland.
I'm working at Super 8 studio in Kallio.

I’ve been working as a professional illustrator and graphic designer since 2003 when I graduated from Lahti Institute of Design. I’ve done a lot of editorial and corporate illustrations, children’s book illustrations, book covers and music related illustrations. At the moment I’m working mostly with my children’s book project. 

Do not hesitate to get in touch! 

Ilja Karsikas
@Instagram
+358 50 5266 796
ilja [at] iljakarsikas.com
www.iljakarsikas.com

As an illustrator I'm represented by
Napa Arts & Licensing Agency

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Selected Clients


Finnish Post
Ruisrock festival
YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company
Kirkko Helsingissä (Church in Helsinki)
Helsinki University
Human Rights Centre in Finland
Finnish Transport Agency
National audit Office of Finland, VTV
Tammi
Kustantamo S&S
Otava
WSOY
Etana Editions
Gummerus
Elisa
Wärtsilä
Universal Music Finland
Suomen Musiikki
Stockmann


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Interviews


Kulttuuricocktail Live TV show
YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company), January 2021.

Kierto / Alumni Interviews in YouTube 
Lahti Institute of Design / Museums of Lahti, August 2021.

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Works featured 


Ball Pit Mag (interview 2017)
Illustration 2: Drawings, character & more, Zeixs, 2012
Cause and Effect, Gestalten, 2012
3x3 Illustration Directory, 2013
3x3 Magazine’s professional Show annual, 2012
3x3 Children’s Book Show No.7, 2010
Illusive 3, Gestalten, 2009
Worldwide Graphic Design: Scandinavia, Zeixs, 2009

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Children's books


Rantakadun rappusilta, self-published 2021
(text Helena Karsikas, illustrations Ilja Karsikas)

Under månen / Kuun valossa, Schildts & Söderströms / Kustantamo S&S 2020
(text Aki-Pekka Sinikoski, illustrations Ilja Karsikas)

Amos ja sumupuu, Etana Editions 2017
(text and illustrations Ilja Karsikas)

Anselmin eläimet & Anselmin numerot, Tammi 2011
(text and illustrations Ilja Karsikas)

Sintti Silmusuu tahtoo oppia lukemaan, Nemo 2010
(text Juho Gröhndahl, illustrations Ilja Karsikas)

Keksijä Punainen ja hatun varjo, Tammi 2009
(text Heimo Hatakka, illustrations Ilja Karsikas)




Exhibitions


2022
Vino puu (FORTHCOMING in February 2022)
Illustrations & music with the band / artist group Vino puu 
Galleria Ratamo, Veturitallinkatu 6, Jyväskylä, Finland

2020
Mikkeli’s 12th Illustration Triennial,
Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland

2019
27th Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (Bibiana), Slovakia

2018
Vino puu
Illustrations & music with the band / artist group Vino puu 
Galleria Kuvitus, Hämeentie 28, Helsinki, Finland

2017
Power of Pictures, Tallinn 5th Illustration Triennial
Estonian National Library, Tallinn, Estonia

Illustrations from the book Amos ja sumupuu,
Kirjaverstas, Teurastamo, Helsinki, Finland

Illustrations from the book Amos ja sumupuu,
Bookstore Nide, Helsinki, Finland

Mikkeli’s 11th Illustration Triennial,
Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland

2016
The Queen of the Woods,
posters and children's book illustrations.
Children's book store Toukka, Helsinki, Finland

2015
Leo & Ilja Karsikas, paintings and illustrations
Sissilinna, Kajaani, Finland

Naapurit with Jussi Karjalainen,
Kajaani Art Museum, Kajaani, Finland

2014
Mikkeli’s 10th Illustration Triennial,
Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland

2013
Satukaupunki with Heimo Hatakka,
Laituri, Helsinki, Finland

2012
Kaivopuisto with Samae Koskinen and Antti Nylén,
Helsinki railway station, Finland

Helsinki FRESH design and fashion exhibition,
Direktorenhaus, Berlin, Germany

Metka matka: The10th Anniversary of
The Finnish Association of Illustrators,
Päivälehden museo, Helsinki, Finland //
Pukstaavi, Sastamala, Finland

2011
Mikkeli’s 9th Illustration Triennial,
Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland

2009
Keksijä Punainen ja hatun varjo,
Napa Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Napa x Pekka, Kaapelitehdas,
Helsinki Design Week, Finland

2008
Helsinki Biennale 2008, with Super8 Studio,
Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Napa Illustrations' exhibitions:
Illustrative 08, Zürich, Switzerland //
BingoShop, Barcelona, Spain //
B-gallery, Turku, Finland

Mikkeli’s 8th Illustration Triennial,
Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland

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