He graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Lugano, worked for many years in graphic studies and agencies between Milan and Ticino and then settled in Zurich, where since 2008 he works as a graphic designer and art director.
The illustration for Mirko is a parallel but not a secondary career, given the numerous collaborations and international awards that have punctuated his professional career. He has found over time his style that has been enriched with realistic details and vibrant colors.Irony allows him to deal with sensitive, social, political and topical issues, avoiding being didactic or too empathetic.
Johns Hopkins Health Review
Tricycle - The Buddhist Review
The Washington Post
ZHAW School of Engineering
INterview with Mirko Cresta:
Q: What are some of your favorite things about living and working in Zürich?
A: I was born and grew up in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland and for a long time I lived in Milan. I moved to Zurich about ten years ago. Here I can enjoy an excellent quality of life. Zurich is not a big city, so you can easily move from one place to another simply by walking or cycling. But I'm lazy and I prefer to use the public transports that are always on time—like a Swiss clock.
Q: Do you keep a sketchbook? What is the balance between art you create on paper versus in the computer?
A: For a while I tried to keep a sketchbook but at the end it always ended to be forgotten on a bookshelf. Now when I have an idea I roughly sketch it on a sheet of paper and then i photograph it with my mobile phone to not forget it. I create all of my illustrations digitally.
Q: What is the most important item in your studio?
A: My iPad Pro with my Apple Pencil. They allow me to draw anywhere, but at the end I always finish the work on my laptop, at my desk.
Q: How do you know when the art is finished—or when to stop working on it?
A: Luckily, there's always a deadline for commissioned work. For my personal projects it’s more complicated; sometimes I work until I’m exhausted.
Q: If you had to choose one medium to work in for an entire year, eliminating all others, what medium would you choose?
A: I am a digital freak. Only in case of a global technological apocalypse, I might think about going back to paper.
Q: What would be your last supper?
A: Everything that can be accompanied with well flavored mashed potatoes.