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Rahele came to United States in 2011 to pursue her dream of being a free international artist, and graduated with an MFA in Integrated Visual Arts from Iowa State University in 2015. She now lives in the beautiful tiny city of Ames, Iowa with her husband and her little girl Darya, and works as a freelance illustrator in her home studio.

She has been an active member of SCBWI since 2012 and has worked with Cricket Media, children magazines since 2016. Her Illustration work was selected as a finalist for the SCBWI Bologna 2016 and shortlisted for the SCBWI Bologna 2018. She has illustrated 7 books published by an Iranian publisher in Tehran. She is the recipient of 2018 Illustration Mentorship Awards from We Need Diverse Books #WNDB. In August 2018, she won the portfolio showcase grand prize award at the SCBWI LA National Conference. She also was the winner of the 2018 SCBWI Social Media Mentorship for Illustrators at the LA National Conference. Laurent Linn and Debbie Ohi were her awesome mentors. 

Rahele is originally from Iran, and saw war in her home country when she was just 8 years old. There were two things that could make her black and white world colorful. One was all-night family gatherings at her Grandma and Grandpa’s house every Friday. Her Grandma would tell Rahele fairy tails told to her by her mother, that were told to her by her mother. Stories she has never found in any book. The other was traveling through books full of images of life and nature made by illustrators from all around of the world, such as Zdeněk Miler and Fyodor Khitruk.

She is happiest creating illustrations that make the imagination travel, take a new look at old ideas, and reaffirm the viewer of their natural place in this world. 

She currently is making illustrations for her first picture book at the United States, written by Maryann Macdonald, coming out; April 2019 by Albert Whitman & Co. 

Rahele is represented for children’s publishing by Christy Tugeau Ewers at The CAT Agency.

Member of

SCBWI; Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

USBBY; The United States Board on Books for Young People


Awards/ Honors

  • Portfolio Grand Prize, SCBWI 2018 Los Angeles National Conference

  • SCBWI Social Media Mentorship Award for Illustrators

  • 2018 Winner of WNDB Illustration Mentorship

  • 2018 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair, shortlisted.


  • 2016 Finalists, SCBWI 2016 Bologna Book Fair.

  • Winner of the Art Spot for SCBWI Bulletin, summer issue, United States.

  • Creative Quarterly No.39.

  • Creative Quarterly No.38.

  • Creative Quarterly No.36.

  • 3x3 Illustration Competition.

  • 200 Best Illustrators of Worldwide.





 Thanks to Dorothia Rohner for having me on my favorite blog; Kidlit Artists.

Illustrator SaturdayHuge thanks to Kathy for featuring my portfolio on her amazing blog.

Thanks to Angela Cerrito for interviewing me related my work selected for SCBWI Bologna Book Fair.

Thanks to Joanna Marple for interviewing me.


Attended Conferences and Workshops:


 Wild, Wild Midwest Regional Conference
Iowa SCBWI Illustrator Day 2014
43rd Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles - LA14
16th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York - NY15

SCBWI Webinars:

SCBWI-Carolinas, Picture Book Dummy Challenge

SCBWI-Wisconsin Agent Day 2018: From Mechanics to Masterpiece (Webinar)

SCBWI-Oklahoma, Working with An Art Director. The Illustrator's Experience: Webinar with Giuseppe Castellano.   

SCBWI-Dakota. Webinar: The Big Picture of Picture Books with Author/Illustrator Elise Parsley