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1992-1996 Estonian Academy of Arts, textile department (BA)

1997 Ècole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperreé (Paris), tapestry

2009 Viive Noor`s illustration Courses in Estonian Academy of Arts

Illustrator of 14 books
Author of 2 picturebooks



2015 Raisin of the Year Award (Kertu Sillaste. No! It’s Not Like This!)
2015 Good Children’s Book (Kertu Sillaste. No! It’s Not Like This!)
2015 The Knee-High Book Competition, winner (Kertu Sillaste. Astrid and Ott)
2014 25 Best Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit (illustrations and design – Liis Sillaste-Toots. Cookery Tips Black on White)
2014 5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit, Special Jury Prize for Wonderful Illustrations (Kätlin Vainola. Where Is Love?)
2013 The Knee-High Book Competition, 1st place (Kätlin Vainola. Where Is Love?)
2011 The Knee-High Book Competition, 3rd place (Kertu Sillaste.  It’s Pancake Time!)


Since 2009, Kertu Sillaste has taken part in exhibitions in Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

2016 Travelling exhibition of Estonian illustrators, “A Walk on the Path of Fairy Tale Together with Charles Perrault ”, Russia
2015 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
2015–2016 International illustration exhibition, “It’s Always Tea-Time”, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn; Riga, Latvia
2015 Exhibition of Estonian illustrators, “Once Upon a Time… / C’era una volta…” (Grimm’s Fairy Tales), Italy
2014–2015 Travelling exhibition “Tallinn Illustration Triennial 2013. Estonian Illustrators”, Estonia, Poland
2013–2015 Exhibition by Estonian and Hungarian illustrators, “Crisscross Stories”, Estonia, Hungary, the United Kingdom
2013 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
2013 Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
2013 Travelling exhibition of Estonian illustration, “Etelästä tuulee – Lõunatuul puhub” (The South Wind Blows), Finland
2012–2013 Exhibition by Estonian and Russian illustrators, “Old Fairy Tales” (Brothers Grimm), Estonia, Russia
2012–2013 “A Handful of Book Illustrations by Estonian Artists”, Poland
2011–2015 Exhibition of artists from Baltic Sea countries, “Sea Fairy Tales”, Estonia, Finland, Russia, Poland, Germany, Denmark
2011 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
2010–2011 Travelling Exhibition of Estonian Book Illustration, Russia, Finland
2009, 2011 Solo exhibitions, Tallinn Central Library, Estonia
2009–2010 Exhibition of Estonian illustrators, “A House Full of Fairy Tales”, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn