Werner Zimmermann has written and/or illustrated over seventeen books. He immigrated to Canada when he was quite young with his family and very early on decided that he would be an artist.
Werner has always been involved in the arts, whether as painter or printmaker or children’s book author/illustrator. Ever since he first arrived at the University of Guelph in 1970 to study fine art, Guelph has been the place that he calls home. In the late 70’s and early 80’s Werner worked in the Arctic as printmaking advisor to the Inuit of Nunavik.
Werner immerses himself in producing his art and teaching life drawing to animation students at Seneca and Humber Colleges. His work has been celebrated for the warmth and the life he brings to his characters, for the richness of his colours, and the unique perspectives he gives to art.
When not in his studio, Werner can be found sharing his love of art and books with students in schools across Canada. As lively and as animated as his characters are on paper, Werner’s presentations are full of enthusiasm and give a unique insight into the special realm of creativity that is the world of books.
Twice nominated for the Governor General’s award and winner of the Mr. Christie Book Award along with author Jean Little for Pippin the Christmas Pig, he most recently was awarded the 2011 CBA Libris for Children’s Picture Book of the Year with author Helaine Becker for Porcupine in a Pine Tree.
Years Participated: 2003, 2014