Olivier Kugler studied visual communication in Germany and illustration at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is a reportage illustrator based in London, and has won many awards, including the Association of Illustrators (AOI) Gold Award in 2004 and 2008. He was overall winner of both the V&A Illustration Award in 2011 and AOI World Illustration Awards in 2015. In June 2018, he won the Jury Prize of the European Design Awards and in November 2018, he won Prix du Carnet de Voyage International and the Coup de Coeur Médecins Sans Frontières at the Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage. He was shortlisted for the Broken Frontier Best Nonfiction Graphic Novel 2018 as well as the 2019 AOI World Illustration Awards 2019. Most recently, Olivier was shortlisted for the British Book Design and Production Awards and highly commended in the BMA Medical Book Awards 2019.
Escaping War and Waves, first published in German in 2017 as Dem Krieg Entronnen by Edition Moderne, was published by Myriad in June 2018. Escaping War and Waves is a collection of reportage drawings documenting the circumstances of Syrian refugees Kugler met on assignments in Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece and France for Médecins Sans Frontières, as well as drawings of Syrians he met in England, Germany and Switzerland. His drawings are peppered by speech from the conversations around him as well as those he is interviewing.
His work has been featured in The Guardian, Harper’s, XXI, New York Times, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Le Monde Diplomatique, Internazionale, Süddeutsche Zeitung and elsewhere. His first book, Der Elefanten Doktor in Laos, was also published by Edition Moderne in 2014. His drawings have been exhibited at Lucerne International Comics Festival, London’s RichMix Gallery, the House of Illustration and Peterborough Museum.