Xaviera Altena is a Rotterdam-born illustrator known for her empowering, strong and very recognisable works. Her interests include 90’s pop culture and being an amateur chef,
but above all she has a strong passion to address social challenges.

Often when she illustrates, Xaviera uses bold lines and a variety of bright colours.

She works for various brands and publications, mostly from her home studio. Clients include: Die Zeit, Hermès, The Guardian, The New Yorker, MullenLowe, McGarrah Jessee and more.

In this talk with Playgrounds director Leon van Rooij, we’ll get to discover where Xaviera draws her inspiration from, her artistic journey as well as well as her pet project that she curates and manages: Brainstorm Radio.