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Mattias De Leeuw (born in 1989) is a Belgian based author and illustrator. He studied illustrative design at Sint Lucas in Antwerp. In 2011, he graduated with the wordless picture book 'De steltenloper' (The Stilt Walker). Since then, he has worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines, newspapers, and publishers.

His painterly drawings are characterized by spontaneous brushstrokes, combined with graceful lines. His illustrations are filled with details and small side stories that appeal to both young and old alike.


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'Boekenpluim' by (Belgium) 2012 for De steltenloper.

'Golden palette' by CPNB in 2017 for Circusnacht.
'Eervolle vermelding Jenny Smelik IBBY prijs'
for Azizi en de kleine blauwe vogel.

'Coup de couer des grand parents' by (Festival Rouen FR) for Aziz et le petit oiseau bleu 

Nomination 'Deutscher Jugend literaturpreis' 2015 for Lena und das geheimnis der blauen hirsche.

'White Raven' 2017 by Deutsche Jugendbibliothek for Prinz Hayo der Glucklichen.

'Gulden Palet' 2017 for Circusnacht by CPNB.

Longlisted 'De Boon' 2022 for Het Baboemeisje.

Longlisted 'De Boon' 2022 for Later als ik groot ben.

Selected for 'The Original art' by the Society of illustrators NY for Later when I'm big.

'Bachelder Honor Book 2024' by American Library Association for Later when I'm big.


Solo exhibition - Library Genk Belgium - 2014.

Part of 'Licht aus!' - Städtische Galerie Rosenheim Germany - 2018

Part of 'De Zee' - Villa Verbeelding Belgium - 2023

The original Art exhibition 2023 - Society of illustratiors New York - 2023

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