Alex Nees is an illustrator of Choctaw and German descent. She spent her early years in California, before moving to the south of Germany with her family. Suddenly confronted with Lebkuchen, Bratwurst, and being the odd one out, Alex found a sense of belonging and connection in the picture books she had brought along.
Her natural curiosity and love for creative problem-solving led Alex to study industrial design before switching to North American studies with a focus on literature and art history. Immersing herself in the vibrant art scene of Berlin, Alex turned her focus to storytelling and picture books. She taught herself to paint, first traditionally, then digitally, while maintaining a richly textured, traditional style.
Identity, belonging, and finding one’s place in a confusing world are recurring themes in Alex’s work. Her atmospheric, enchanting illustrations invite children to immerse themselves in imaginary worlds and stories that also reflect children’s perspectives and lived experiences.
Alex lives in Erlangen, Germany, with her 7-year old daughter, and a Siberian husky.