Charlotte Dematons was born in France on September 21st 1957. Her Belgian father and Dutch mother raised her bilingual.
After attending high school in France, Charlotte went to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy – a distinguished art school – in Amsterdam, where she specialized in Illustration and Design. She graduated in 1982.
Part of the final exam at the Academy, was an open exhibition of her best work. There her talent was noticed by the publisher of Lemniscaat. He asked her to create her own picture book.
Dido became her debut as a picture book creator.
From then on, Charlotte never stopped illustrating. For Lemniscaat, but also for many other publishing houses and magazines, she has made thousands of illustrations and created several picture books.
Dematons' illustrations often have a fairytale atmosphere and they excel in many brilliant details. Her books are published in numerous countries from China to the Far Oer Islands and from Greece to Japan.
One of the many books that brought her fame, is the Brother’s Grimm Fairytale collection, which she richly illustrated and that brought her the Silver Brush award in 2006.
Favorite by children (and adults) all over the world, is her I Spy book The Yellow Balloon. Her wordless picture book Sinterklaas, about the traditonal Dutch celebration, that sold over 100,000 copies in four years, was awarded the Golden Brush award in 2008.
In september 2012, Charlotte Dematons finished three years work on her latest picture book Holland – which depicts the country in all its glorious, bizarre and funny detail. Within two months 100,000 copies were sold.
In april 2013 the companion paperback A Thousand Things about Holland was published, making Holland the indispensable book for everyone who is curious about Holland, who is proud of his Dutch heritage, or who just wants to spend hours browsing through beautiful books.
Books by Charlotte Dematons: