Alessandro Stilla (Italy)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

The idea started from a very simple image I made recently, which depicts a dark silhouette of a character (very relatable to a ninja) with a moon-shaped backpack, with a starry sky behind it. From this I imagined a sympathetic story and realizing that it could be perfectly told without the use of text so it was suitable for making a silent book.

What's the story about?

It tells about the main character, a young ninja, who during one of his evening walks over the rooftops of the city, finds himself later than usual and sees a beautiful moon that he had never noticed, it is love at first sight! From that moment on, the moon is always present in his thoughts and dreams, he sees her everywhere, at the supermarket, reflected in the lake. Only she can give him back his smile.

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

It was my wife, also an illustrator, who found this call for entries and recommended that I participate, knowing that it would be ideal for me, since I enjoy storytelling but have no particular talents for writing.


He lives and works in Vigevano. Fascinated by the world of graffiti, he start making murals under the pseudonym PURO and study the different forms of lettering. He studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, in that period he approached the culture of street art and with his gaze turned towards the world of illustration, he began to create his first figurative works, on different surfaces and in different shapes. The style inspired by illustrations for children, combined with the simplicity and poetics of the dreamy world of the little ones, has allowed him to work and collaborate in various sectors, from private individuals to companies and above all with schools.

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