Mari Kanstad Johnsen (born in Bergen 1981) is based in Oslo, working as a freelance-illustrator and artist. She holds a BA from Oslo Academy of the Fine Arts, and an MA from Konstfack/Stockholm(SE). Since leaving school in 2010 she has illustrated and written several award-winning children’s books, and worked with editorial illustrations for both Norwegian and international newspapers and magazines. Mari has made several art residencies on invitation, and is regularly taking parts in group exhibitions worldwide.