Mgr. art. Petra Štefanková FRSA

Professional visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer.

Winner of Channel 4's 4Talent Award 2007.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. The Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic Award 2019 winner. Artist of the Future Award 2020 winner.

Published by Forbes, Channel 4, The Guardian, The Economist and others.


Petra Štefanková studied graphic design and film and TV graphics in Bratislava and Prague, additionally, she took a short course at Central Saint Martin's (UAL) in London. She has worked on advertising, editorial, animation and publishing projects for the University of Udine in Italy,, Microsoft Games Studios, Orange, The Guardian, The Economist, Popular Mechanics, Dialogue Review and Future Music. She collaborated with VooDooDog Animation in London on the animated title sequence for Hollywood film Nanny McPhee 2, which was awarded Silver World Medal at New York Festival, (World's Best TV and Film Awards), 2011. See Petra's Filmography on IMDb.

She is an author, designer and illustrator of children's books Moje malé more, self-published in 2016 and Čmáranica a Machuľa, published by Slovart, and awarded the Best Children's Book of Spring 2018 by Bibiana and IBBY.


Her work has been exhibited in the USA (solo show in Washington D.C.), the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Germany (solo show in Berlin), China, Czech Republic (solo show in Prague) and Slovakia (solo shows in Bratislava, Malacky and Nitra). In August 2007 she won Channel 4's 4Talent award and in April 2008 she was invited to join the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in London. She presented her work during the Roadshow at the ICON Illustration conference in New York, Pasadena L.A. and Providence, Rhode Island as well as SIGGRAPH GRAPHITE conference in Western Australia. She exhibited her work in group exhibitions at major galleries and museums worldwide including The Saatchi Gallery in London, Global Gallery in Sydney, LACDA in L.A. and Heritage Museum in Hong Kong. A partial list of verified exhibitions is available at


Her work has been published in Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 07/08 (2008, Austria); Visual Artist at Work by Michael Fleishman, Cengage (2009, USA); Vector Graphics and Illustration, A master class in digital image-making by Steven Withrow and Jack Harris, Rotovision (2008, UK); EXPOSÉ 6: The Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe, Ballistic Publishing (2008, Australia); Images 33: The Best Of British Illustration, The AOI (2009, UK); Images 31: The Best Of British Illustration, The AOI (2007, UK); Planet Alert, Revista Colectiva (2009, Kostarika); A DGPH Project: The Ark, IdN / Systems Design, (2009, Hong Kong); ILLO 2017, 3x3 Directory (2017, USA); ILLO 2018, 3x3 Directory (2018, USA); Drawn Vol.1 The Best Illustrators Worldwide (2017, Australia), Bezier Vol.1 The Best Vector Artists Worldwide (2017, Australia) and many other books.

Selected clients and supporters

The Guardian, The Economist, Orange, LightDog Films, Microsoft Games Studios, Computer Arts, Hearst's Popular Mechanics, Future Music, Dialogue Review, HR Magazine, VooDooDog Animation,, University of Udine, Allianz Petplan, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, Channel 4's 4Talent, Creative Review, Retail Traffic, Pandora's BoxPhoto Studio, MojiLaLa, Slovart Publishing, Global Slovakia NGO, Havas Lynx, Boğaziçi Alumni Magazine Turkey, Bar Magazin, A.Bagar's Theatre in Nitra, RE/set, Aesthetica magazine, Society of Artists Agents, Association of Illustrators in London, CUT-Out magazine Malaysia, Anorak magazine 

Supporters: McDonald's Slovakia, RedBull Czech republic, Royal Society of Arts in London, 92Y in New York, Medissimo Clinic

Awards and acknowledgements

Artist of the Future Award 2020, Contemporary Art Curator Magazine, United Kingdom | The Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic Award 2019, Bratislava | Artfacts Performance Award 2019, Germany, The Best Children's Book of Spring 2018, Bibiana & IBBY, Bratislava | Creative Quarterly 42, New York, Runner up | Runner up, Creative Quarterly 16, New York City | Selected, Images 33: The Best of British Illustration 2009 | Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Arts in London | Expose 6 Master Award Winner, Australia | Channel 4 4Talent Award 2007 | Selected, Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2007/08 | Selected, Images 31: The Best of British Illustration | Special Mention, Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Universidad de Caldas, Colombia CG Choice Award 2006, Computer Graphics Society 1st Rank Animago 2006, Germany 3rd Prize, Muestra Internacional de Arte Digital 2006, Santa Fe, Argentina Excellence Award, Toray Digital Creation Awards 2005, Japan Hirosaki Award, given by Hirosaki City mayor, DIDO Awards, Japan Honorary Mention, Donnie Award 2004Museum of computer art, New York, US 5th Prize, Tokoha CG Art Exhibition 2003, Japan 1st Rank, Animago 2003, Germany | Honorary Mention, Toray Digital Creation Awards 2002, Japan


Petra Štefanková personally attends many high profile international events:

Private art event dedicated to Michelangelo legacy attended by Italian cultural representatives at the Brancaccio Palace in Rome in 2019

UK Alumni Association event at the British ambassador residency in Bratislava in 2018 attended by Dr Monika Gullerova

ICON The Illustration Conference in Rhode Island in 2012 attended by Charles Hively of 3x3 Magazine and Jaleen Grove, co-author of History of Illustration book as well as the founders of Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin

The RSA President's Lecture introduced by HRH Princess Anne of Edinburgh at the RSA House in London in 2012

The President of Slovak Republic reception attended by The President of SR at Slovak Olympic House in London in 2012

5th Women's Social Leadership Awards at the RSA House in London in 2011 attended by Professor Rachel Armstrong

ICON The Illustration Conference at Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California in 2010 

Private view of the exhibition Bruegel to Rubens at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace in 2009

A number of Slovak Embassy in London events in 2009

ICON The Illustration Conference at Roosevelt Hotel off Madison Avenue in Manhattan New York in 2008 

Generation Next event at Channel 4 towers in London attended by film and TV musicians Verbal Vigilante in 2008

Jonas Mekas film screening in London in 2008 attended by Jonas Mekas himself and his then gallerist Harry Stendhal from New York


Her creative, promotional activities and selected presentations include:

Her creative drawing workshop for kids at Komárno Library was part of 7 Days of Genius Festival 2018 organised by 92Y in New York

Her solo show at Slovak House in Prague was opened by the Vice President of Europeans Throughout the World in Brussels Vladimír Skalský in 2017

Her solo show at Malá Scéna Theatre in Bratislava in 2016 was attended by Mrs Zdenka Kukanová, wife of a member of European parliament and Viliam Roth of the Presidential office

BOND4 Magazine Launch Event at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2011

TEDx Bratislava at Slovak National Theatre in 2013, where she also delivered a talk on stage in front of about 600 people. Prof. Ulrich Weinberg from School of Design Thinking in Potsdam, Germany was one of the speakers.

Clerkenwell Design Week in London in 2011 attended by the British illustrator Lizzie Mary Cullen

Futurising at London College of Communication in 2010, where she accepted a role of a creative advisor 

Les e-magiciens Animation Festival organised by the school SUPINFOCOM in Valenciennes, France in 2008, where she gave a presentation about Slovakian digital animation scene

Petra Štefanková delivered a number of lectures at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Paneuropean University in Bratislava, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM) in Prague, University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava and participated with a video talk in DesignMai Berlin and Mixer, Multimedia Festival of the University of Tomas Bata in Zlin.

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Articles and interviews

Live TV show interview 'Damsky klub' for RTVS, April 2021, Slovakia

Reportage for Správy RTVS, March 2021, Slovakia

Interview for Bratislavske noviny, March 2021, Slovakia

Article for Bratislavske noviny, November 2021, Slovakia

Reportage for Slovensko v obrazoch, RTVS, March 2020, Slovakia

Interview for Goodwill, March 2020, Slovakia

Fine Arts are Helping at St Elizabeth Oncology Institute for the RSA, July 2019, United Kingdom

Interview for Hospodarske noviny, June 2018, Slovakia

Interview for Startupsgeek, November 2016, United Kingdom

Interview for Let's be brief, October 2018, United Kingdom

Visual communication and global issues for the RSA, February 2019, United Kingdom

Collaborative drawing in Slovakia for the RSA, March 2018, United Kingdom

Interview for Goodwill, January 2019, Slovakia

Documentary TV film for TV 213, October 2016, Slovakia

Interview for SME, January 2008, Slovakia

Interview for TV OKO, February 2009, Slovakia

Interview for RedBull, December 2018, Czech Republic

Article about the book Moje malé more for TASR, December 2016, Slovakia

Article about solo show Illustrated Dialogue for Constantine The Philosopher University, November 2016, Slovakia

Interview for SME, June 2008, Slovakia

Interview for Streetgraphic, January 2008, International

Article on, February 2016, USA

Work for the Guardian in the AOI interview with Sarah Habershon, September 2018, United Kingdom

Toast by the President of the Slovak Republic Ivan Gašparovič (EN), October 2008, Slovakia

Article about solo show Yet Another Face in Berlin at ArtConnect, August 2016, International

Article about exhibition Film Parallels in Prague, September 2017, Czech Republic

Interview for Piestany library, June 2017, Slovakia

Article about a project for University of Udine, July 2005, Italy

Radio interview about the Football World Cup for RNZ, June 2010, New Zealand

TV Documentaries: Petra Štefanková's profile was filmed in London in 2009 for a television documentary 'Slováci vo svete' (Slovaks abroad) directed by Braňo Mišík for RTVS (National Slovak Radio & Television). TV 213 filmed her first solo documentary in the series 'Portrét umelca' (Portrait of the artist) of 26 minutes length about her life and work in 2016. It was directed by Anton Faraonov and it is available online in the Slovak language.

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