chiara arkesteijn


Chiara Arkesteijn is a illustrator and designer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy specialising in Illustration. Her work is sensitive, fresh and cheerful. Chiara has a special talent for conveying emotion, human interaction and feeling through her illustrations. This way, she makes subjects of psychology and mind approachable and relatable. She makes commissioned and editorial illustrations as well as projects on her own initiative.

To find out how Chiara’s illustrations can help the project you are working on, get in touch!

Chiara loves:

paper things, weird pens, magazines (especially about interiors), handmade textiles, ceramics, Yogi tea, going for breakfast.


BA Illustration, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2009 – 2013
Preparation Course, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2008
VWO-gymnasium-CM, diploma, 2003 – 2009

PrintRoom, Rotterdam, 2013
Wednesday Paper Works, Berlin, 2012

Cinerama, Rotterdam, 2015
MNDS, Rotterdam, 2015
Stroop, Rotterdam, 2015
Bio Bodega, Rotterdam, 2015
Galerie xs, Delft, 2015
BAR, Rotterdam, 2014
10B, Rotterdam, 2014
Theater ‘t Kappelletje, Rotterdam, 2013
Willem de Kooning Academy, Graduates show, Rotterdam, 2013
Trouw, Amsterdam, 2011

Selected clients
Fabulous Mama & Family, De Psycholoog, Poetry International, Zoet & Zout, EMDR Magazine, Keybooks, Martijntje Cornelia, Francobolli, Roodkapje, Wednesday Paper Works