Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy. As a child she admired Gianni Rodari's books, the images of Bruno Munari and Emanuele Luzzati and she also made up books of her own. At eight she decided that once grown up she would become a "painter of novels". She struggled with Greek and Latin and then attended the school of graphics in Urbino (ISIA).
In 1996 she sent her drawings to the illustration competition " Figures Futur" in Montreuil (Paris) and was awarded first prize.
In 1998 she started publishing with "editions du Seuil" and began a collaboration as poster artist for the Centre Pompidou in Paris. A collaboration that continues to this day.
She has been awarded the prizes: Figures Futures in Montreuil ( France), Attention talent-FNAC (France), Prix Octogones ( France), Prix Andersen ( Italy), Prix Chronos ( France), selected twice at the Prix Baobab du salon du livre in Montreuil ( France), Special mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Award ( Italy), Illustrated Book Prize in Rueil ( France), Book Prize in Taipei (Taiwan).
Her books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, English, Dutch, Chek, Slovenian, Greek, Taiwanese, Corean, Portuguese, Brasilian-Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.
Her twenty books have been published by: Seuil jeunesse, Autrement jeunesse, Gallimard jeunesse, Panama, Didier jeunesse, Thierry Magnier, Rue du Monde, Skyfish Graphix (Japan), Topipittori(Italy) and by Phaïdon(England, Italy, France, Spain and Germany).
She's had solo exhibitions in: Paris, Bordeaux, Charleville, Munich, Pau, St. Paul, Roubaix, Bologne, Reims, Cherbourg, Lisbonne, Bobigny, Tokyo, Sapporo et Kyoto.
In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 she's the featured artist in:
Les Monde des livres (France), Elle (Italy), Elle (France), Hamelin (Italy), La Repubblica (Italy), Epok-Fnac (France), Varoom (England), Vogue (Italy), Vogue (Japan), Illustration (Japan), Andersen (Italy).