Marika Maijala is an independent illustrator living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She has illustrated children's books for all the main publishers in Finland and books with her illustrations have been published also in Japan, Germany, France, China, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, India and Abu Dhabi. She was awarded Rudolf Koivu prize for the best Finnish children's book illustration in 2009 and she has been nominated for Finlandia Junior prize in 2008 and 2012. In 2015 and 2016 her illustrations were shortlisted in The AOI World Illustration Awards as well as in the The White Ravens List in 2015 and 2016. This year she was awarded 3-year-grant for artistic work by Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Recent clients
Tate Publishing, Natur&Kultur/Sweden, Kehvola Design, Kauniste, Alice Labs, L'Affiche Moderne, Otava, Bonnier/Tammi/WSOY, Schildts & Söderströms, Paasilinna, Spoon/Sweden, Long Play, Otavamedia, Sanoma Magazines, A-lehdet

Awards and nominations
Candidate for Runeberg Junior award 2017, twice
3-year-grant for artistic work Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Gold Medal in the Best of Finnish Advertising and Design competition 2015
Selected in The Bologna Illustrators Exhibition 2016
Selected on The White Ravens List 2015 together with Réka Király
Shortlisted in The AOI World Illustration Awards 2015 and 2016
Beautiful Book prize 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015
Rudolf Koivu award 2009 (Best Finnish Children's Book Illustration)
Shortlisted in The Best of Finnish Advertising and Design competition in 2009, 2011, 2014
1st Prize in Mikkeli Illustration Triennial 2008
Kaiku prize of The Association of Finnish Illustrators 2009
Candidate for Finlandia Junior award 2008 and 2012
Diploma in Tallinn Illustrations Triennial 2013
2nd Prize Christmas Stamp Design competition by Posti Finland and The Association of Finnish Illustrators 2015

Book illustration, selected titles
Juha Virta – Marika Maijala: Filippa ja kumppanit. Piano karkaa (Etana Editions 2015) – foreign rights sold to Sweden and South-Korea
Essi Kummu: Puhelias Elias. Harjoituspusuja (Tammi 2015)
Hiroko Motai – Marika Maijala: Miljoona biljoona joulupukkia – Miljoner biljoner julgubbar (Schildts & Söderströms 2014) – foreign rights sold to Japan, South-Korea and Germany
Réka Király – Marika Maijala: Topin nokinenäpäivä (WSOY 2014) – foreign rights sold to China
Hannu Mäkelä: Olipa kerran ja monta kertaa (Paasilinna 2014)
Tuula Kallioniemi: Karoliina-series (Otava 2008-2014)
Hannu Mäkelä: Ääni joka etsi Laulua (Paasilinna 2013)
Marika Maijala – Juha Virta: Sylvi Kepposen kirjekaveri (Otava 2012) – foreign rights sold to France, China and Taiwan
Réka Király – Marika Maijala: Lunta sataa, Lupo (WSOY 2012) – foreign rights sold to China
Essi Kummu: Puhelias Elias (Tammi 2012)
Juha Virta – Marika Maijala: Sylvi Kepposen hukkaretki (Otava 2010) – foreign rights sold to China and France
P. L. Travers: Maija Poppanen (WSOY 2010)
Hannu Mäkelä: Vauvaunia (Tammi 2008) – foreign rights sold to France
Juha Virta – Marika Maijala: Sylvi Kepposen pitkä päivä (Otava 2008)

Education
MA, Cinema Studies, University of Turku
3-year-programme in Graphic Design, Pekka Halosen akatemia