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Rovina Cai is a freelance illustrator who works across a variety of genres. Her poetic imagery has served as book covers, posters, and interior art for novels and picture books. Always up for a challenge, she enjoys collaborating on interesting projects no matter the application.

Evoking a sense of place and atmosphere is a hallmark of Rovina’s work. She delights in creating intriguing images that make the viewer linger, hungry to know more. Rovina has visited and lived in a number of countries throughout her life, and these experiences inform her work. She believes one of the most valuable things an illustrator can offer is their unique and personal perspective, and her distinctive style has been meticulously crafted to reflect this.

Rovina is a graduate of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been recognised by organisations like the Society of Illustrators, Spectrum Fantastic Art, and the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

In her spare time, Rovina likes to sketch in museums, and daydream about the many cats she will adopt one day. She currently works out of a cozy studio in an old convent building in Melbourne, Australia.

Selected Clients

Black Dragon Press, The Folio Society, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Levine Querido, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Penguin Random House, Riot Games,, Walker Books, Vertigo Comics

Selected Group Shows

2017 – Guillermo del Toro Inspirations Show,
Copro Gallery, Santa Monica CA
2016 – A Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Tribute Exhibition,
Gallery Nucleus, Los Angeles CA
2016 – Point of Vision: Women in Fantasy Art,
Society of Illustrators New York, NY
2016 – Dream Covers, Krab Jab Studio, Seattle WA
2014 – Temple of Art, La Luz De Jesus, Los Angeles CA


2020 – Spectrum 27: Gold in Book category
2019 – World Fantasy Award: Best Artist
2018 – Children’s Book Council of Australia, Crichton Award
2016 – Spectrum 23: Gold in Book category
2015 – Spectrum 22: Gold in Institutional category
2015 – Illustrators Australia: Gold in Book category

Nominated for:
2020 – Hugo Award, Best Professional Artist
2018 – Aurealis Award, Best Illustrated Work
2017 Chesley Award, Best Interior Illustration
2016 – Chesley Award, Best Monchrome Work, Best Product Illustration