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Ciao, I'm Roberto Blefari – Hikimi.
I'm an Italian illustrator and visual storyteller.

I create bright illustrations to tell stories and make people of all ages smile.

My illustrative style is playful yet poetic and full of positivity. It works well for projects across design and communication, through to editorial briefs and book illustrations.

As a former graphic designer and Art director, I've learned the value of research and collaboration to create the right concept behind every image. I can't wait to work on something beautiful with you!

I collaborate with small businesses and large companies, Italian and international publishers, NGOs and non-profit associations. Over the past four years, I've also been teaching what I know about illustration at IED Torino.

Get in touch

︎ Drop me a line at

︎ @hellohikimi

︎ Represented by AgencyRush info@agencyrush.com

Clients include

Clementoni, Corriere della Sera, Éditions Milan, Emergency, Fabbri Editori, Flow magazine, Giunti, Mondadori, Quarto Publishing, Slow Food, Snapchat, Stabilo, The Guardian, WeTransfer, Yoox… You?

Awards and recognitions

2021 – Blue Peter Book Awards, longlisted
2018 – Autori di Immagini, selected for Annual
2017 – 3x3 pro show, Honorable mention
2015 – The AOI World Illustration Award, shortlisted
2015 – Autori di immagini, Gold medal

Selected exhibitions

“Abracadabra” (2021, Museo Egizio, Torino)
“Just Humans” (2019, Museo Egizio, Torino)
“Saranno Illustri” (2019, Illustri Festival, Vicenza)
“Tutti sappiamo volare” (solo, 2019, Genova)
“Gallerie Summertime” (2018, Vicenza)
“Unconventional mapping” (2017, FSRR, Torino)
“Alchemica gallery” (2017, various locations)
“Novantanove” (2017, Graphic days Torino)

Recent features and interviews

Frizzi Frizzi (IT)
Creative Boom (EN)
Hoppipolla (IT)
FeelDesain (EN)
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