Joe Weissmann

Joe Weissmann was born in Austria and grew up in the small village of Acre by the Mediterranean Sea in Israel, where he loved to play, fish and dig in the ground trying to find amazing bits and pieces of archaeological “treasures.” As far back as he can remember, he would often create stories and draw them, especially on rainy days. He came to Canada when he was eleven and lived in Montreal.

Joe has always been interested in different types of art—from antiquities to modern art. Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and the Romanian illustrator Steinberg have all influenced him in his work. He studied at Le Musée des Beaux-Arts and Concordia University in Montreal, and then apprenticed in a studio. He moved to Toronto in 1969 and has been freelancing ever since, doing work for advertising, editorial and children’s books. He has received several awards for his work. Currently, he mostly works on children’s books and editorial illustrations. According to Joe, the most fun part of being an illustrator is thinking up the initial concept and ideas. But since he likes to draw and paint, doing the actual work is also a lot of fun.

Joe advises anyone who likes to draw to just draw, draw, draw, let their imagination fly and have fun with what they do.

Joe loves cycling, fishing and cross country skiing. Now that his two children are grown, he lives in rural Ontario with his wife, his dog and three cats.

Annick Press books
illustrated by Joe Weissmann