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Francesco Ciccolella (born in Salzburg in 1990) is an illustrator and graphic artist based in Vienna.

Pairing smart concepts with simplicity in form Francesco’s illustrations tell stories and convey ideas in the most direct yet unexpected way. Best known for his witty ideas he employs visual metaphors and humor adding a human touch to his work and making both complex concepts and simple messages accessible to the viewer.

His work spans from editorial to advertising, publishing, posters, book covers, animations and, most recently, sculptures. He has worked with publications such as The Guardian, Der Spiegel or The New York Times and his corporate clients include Google and IBM, amongst many others.

Francesco studied graphic design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In self-initiated projects, exhibitions and experiments he passionately explores his image making process and continues to develop a distinctive yet eclectic visual language all his own.

Portrait © Carolina Frank


Editorial & Publishing:
The Guardian, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Wired, TIME, The Economist, The Financial Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Observer, Fast Company, The Boston Globe, Welt am Sonntag, Inc Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Monocle, Los Angeles Times, Focus, Corriere Della Sera, Courrier International, Handelsblatt, de Volkskrant, MIT Technology Review, Johns Hopkins Health Review, Enorm, Zeit Campus, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Psychologie Heute, Brummell, Der Standard, WirtschaftsWoche, CRAFTS, Datum, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hanser, Rizzoli Libri, Planeta, Oxford University Press, ...

Corporate & Advertising: IBM, Apple, International Olympic Commitee, Google, Lufthansa, Jins, Bene, Pfizer, Diakonie Deutschland, Miles&More, Bank of America, SNCF, Wing, City of Parma, Deutsches Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, Invesco, Wien Museum, Unicancer, Groupama, American Airlines, Austrian Science Fund, Vienna International Airport, SOS Kinderdorf Stiftung, Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, Biennale Archiv Austria, SVA, University of Applied Arts Vienna, ...

Agencies: DDB, Ogilvy, Turner Duckworth, M&C Saatchi Little Stories, Scholz & Friends, Hogarth & Ogilvy, Ogilvy & Mather Singapore, Lippincott, Character, Agence Babel, Track, PKP BBDO, Ligalux, KMS-Team, ...


Musik im Fokus (Group)
2023, Langenzersdorf Museum, Austria

Power in numbers (Group)
2021, Gallery Nucleus, Portland, US

Oasis (Group)
2021, Palais – Galerie, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Modern Love
2018, Sergeant Paper Gallery, Paris, France

Alternate Realities
2017, Vienna Design Week, T/abor, Vienna, Austria

At first sight. Young illustration from Vienna (Group)
2015, Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria


Wien (Calendar)
Pool Publishing, 2021
ISBN 978-3-903572-61-4

Mark Twain: Aus den Erinnerungen von Adam und Eva
Written by Andreas Thalmayr alias Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Hanser, 2019
ISBN 978-3-446-26246-1


University Of Applied Arts Vienna / Institute of Design
2022, Vienna, Austria

University Of The Arts London / Camberwell College Of Arts
2022, Virtual


Society of Illustrators 2022
Illustrators 65, Silver Medal

American Illustration 2022
AI 41, Chosen Winner

American Illustration 2021
AI 40, Chosen Winner

American Illustration 2020
AI 39, Chosen Winner

SND Awards 2019
Award of Excellence, Illustration

American Illustration 2019
AI 38, Chosen Winner

ADC New York 2018
Merit Award, Illustration

ADC Germany 2018

Bronze Winner, Cover

American Illustration 2018
AI 37, Selected Winner

iF Design Award 2018
Discipline Communication

CCA Award 2018
Bronze Winner, Illustration

Red Dot Award 2017
Best of the best, Illustration

ADC Germany 2017
Auszeichnung, Illustration

American Illustration 2017
AI 36, Chosen Winner

CCA Award 2017
Bronze Winner, Illustration

Joseph Binder Award 2016
Bronze Winner, Illustration

3x3 Magazine Show 2015
Honorable Mention


Smarter Minimalist
art – Das Kunstmagazin, 2022
By Almuth Spiegler

Francesco Ciccolella
Creatiview, 2020
By Sam Asplen

The DART Interview
AI-AP Design Arts Daily, 2020
By Peggy Roalf

Visão poética
Revista Decor, 2018
By Adriane Oliveira

Il design della post-verità
TGCOM, 2017
By Mila Cataldo

Alternate Realities
Creativeboom, 2017
By Katy Cowan

Vienna Design Week 2017
Domus, 2017
By Elisabetta Carboni and Bruno Melis

Illustrations about the Perception of Reality and Facts
Fubiz, 2017
By Costanza Spina

Gestaltete Stadt: Vienna Design Week 2017
Die Presse, 2017
By Norbert Philipp

Wie man Schwäche so stark wie farbenprächtig inszeniert
Page Online, 2017
By Sabine Danek

Conceptual Illustrations that get political
Creativeboom, 2016
By Katy Cowan

Der zugespitzte Zeichenstift
Die Presse, 2015
By Norbert Philipp

Il concettualismo viennese di Francesco Ciccolella
Picame, 2015
By Bruno Depetris