Elena Xausa, known for her vibrant, colorful illustrations, has died at the age of 38

Memories of the colorful world of Elena Xausa

Italian-born illustrator and graphic designer Elena Xausa deceased on Sunday November 27, 2022, after battling a serious illness since 2019. She was 38 years old. Known for her lively, thought-provoking illustrations, Xausa has created work for a variety of prestigious magazines, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Washington Post, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and many more. She has also worked with well-known customers such as Apple, Nikeand Adidas. The vibrant spirit of her works was reflected in her personal life as well, as she reportedly endured her illness with unusual vigor and positivity.

“She never complained, but always thanked her for what she was allowed to live. She kept working and focusing on the things she liked best, but drawing was an important part of her life and she couldn’t do without it. She was an incredible professional. I was her agent but it was impossible for me to only maintain the relationship with her on a professional level because she was such an amazing person that you could only love her like a good friend. shares Monica Lombardi with designboom.

The funeral of Elena Xausa will take place on Thursday December 1st at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Marostica (Vicenza province).


Elena Xausa at the opening of the Apple Store in Milan | all images courtesy of Elena Xausa

elena xausa’s signature visual language

Even though Elena Xausa worked mainly as an illustrator, but also loved to bring her drawings to life through animation or to make them three-dimensional by designing objects and designing shop windows. Vibrant colors, smooth doodles, expressive faces, and witty references are Xausa’s trademarks and adorn all of her work, whether static or animated. There is also an element of irony in her work, created through a bold yet balanced clash of visual patterns that don’t seem to fit together.

Xausa loved to move and had lived in Berlin, Milan, Brooklyn and Venice. In her last years she lived in her hometown of Marostica. Her experiences with different places, cultures and people are also reflected in her work. She was able to develop a universal visual language with symbols that appeals to people from different backgrounds. This is why she was in such high demand by brands and clients from all over the world.

Elena Xausa, known for her vibrant, colorful illustrations, has died at the age of 38
Promotional graphic for the opening of the Apple Store in Milan

Elena Xausa, known for her vibrant, colorful illustrations, has died at the age of 38
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Elena Xausa, known for her vibrant, colorful illustrations, has died at the age of 38
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Elena Xausa, known for her vibrant, colorful illustrations, has died at the age of 38
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