Benjamin Lacombe is a French author and illustrator born in Paris. He is one of the head representatives of the new French illustration. In 2001, he entered the École Nationale Supé´rieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, where he pursued his artistic training. While in school, he also worked in advertising and animation. Then, at the age of 19, he published his first graphic novel and several other illustrated books.
His final school project, Cerise Griotte (Cherry and Olive), which he wrote and illustrated entirety, became his first children’s book and was published by Seuil Jeunesse in March 2006. It was published the following year by Walker Books (USA) and listed as one of Time Magazine’s 10 best children’s books in 2007.
Since then, Benjamin Lacombe has written and illustrated several books. Many of these have been translated and released all over the world. Benjamin regularly exhibits his works worldwide, and he currently lives and works in Paris with his dogs, Virgile and Lisbeth, who are always sneaking in his books.