Olimpia Zagnoli was born in Reggio Emilia in 1984. She lives and works in Milan.
In 2007 she receives her degree in Illustration from the Istituto Europeo Di Design in Milan.
As an illustrator, she works with major newspapers and international magazines, such as The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Internazionale and La Repubblica.
She designed covers for Chronicle Books, Basic Books, Penguin Books, Salani and Taschen, and illustrated books for young adults and children.
In 2015 she designed a set of stamps for the Republic Of San Marino, on the occasion of World Kiss Day.
She collaborated with important brands in the fashion industry; she recently designed for Marella a capsule collection called TropicOz.
Among the many group exhibitions she took part in, it’s worth pointing out in 2021, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan; in 2016, Una Storia Americana. Two Italian illustrators in New York and in the same year Cover Revolution! Gli illustratori e il nuovo volto dell’editoria italiana, both at the Istituto italiano di cultura in New York.
Among her solo shows, in 2019, Quando, quando, quando (double show with Andy Rementer), Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan; in 2018, Cuore di panna, HVW8 gallery, Los Angeles, in 2017 How to eat spaghetti like a lady, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan; in 2016 La Grande Estate, Mutty, Castiglione delle Stiviere (MN), in 2015, Cinetica Zagnoli Elettrica at 121+ in Milano and OzaZoo at Zoo gallery in Bologna, in 2014 Parco Zagnoli at Nina Sagt gallery, Düsseldorf (Germany), in 2013 Affiche, organized by Spazio Tapirulan, Cremona.