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Ciao! I’m Roberto Blefari, and Hikimi is my illustration studio.  

I create bright illustrations to tell stories and make people feel good.

All-round positive vibes, fun and empathy are my elements. I like using them with the right colour palette and smooth lines, to which I also add a bit of irony to excite thoughts and craft smiles.

This mix works well for projects across design and communication through editorial briefs and book illustrations.

As a former graphic designer and art director, I've learned the value of good concepts, research and collaboration. I can't wait to work on something beautiful with you!

Over the past three 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

Anorak magazine, Clementoni, Corriere della Sera, Éditions Milan, Emergency, Fabbri Editori, Flow magazine, Giunti, Mondadori, Quarto Publishing, Slow Food, Snapchat, Stabilo, Uppa, 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 WIA, shortlisted
2015 – Autori di immagini, Gold medal

Selected exhibitions

“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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