Iris van den Akker is an illustrator, 2D animator, enthusiastic art collector and overall supporter of creative women. She works from her studio in an 1892 warehouse located next to the IJ in Amsterdam. She loves to surround herself with her creative friends, her collection of plants and wine on fridays.

Iris loves colorful, graphic images that take reality with a grain of salt. She is happiest when fiddling with color and dragging with shapes, until she is satisfied. She works mainly for ad agencies, magazines, animation studios and publishers, but has also created work for architecture festivals, international popstars, tiny house communities and design retreats.

Photo by Maan Limburg

selected clients

Dua Lipa  Facebook Messenger • The Washington Post ASUS UN Migration 

Centre Pompidou • Plansponsor • • Essity • DPG Media  

Pelckmans Uitgevers • Mariniersmuseum  Diabetesvereniging Nederland 

Hortus Leiden • KRO-NCRV • Blossom Books • Anorak Studio • de Effenaar

selected accolades

2019  Nominated

2017  Nominated

2016  Winner

Procreate Art Prize
Boekieboekie Start Award
My Creative Tale, Adobe



July 2022  Solo show ‘A few hours in Tokyo’ at the end of my artist residency at Almost Perfect - Tokyo (JP)

April 2017  Bologna Children's Book Fair - Bologna (IT)

June 2016  Illustration Biënnale, Toneelschuur - Haarlem (NL)

January 2016  'My Creative Tale', ADCN - Amsterdam (NL)

July 2015  Draw The Line, AKV St. Joost - Breda (NL)

October 2014  Level Up, Electron - Breda (NL)

September 2014  Beeldspraak, Koffie bij Teun - Breda (NL)

February 2014  Raaf: een dwarsdoorsnede, Electron - Breda (NL)

February 2014  Festival 39 graden, Podium Bloos - Breda (NL)

December 2013  Blik&Bloos, Podium Bloos - Breda (NL)

April 2011  Redesign vinylcovers - Rotterdam (NL)


2015 - 2016 

2011 - 2015 

Master of Animation

AKV St. Joost Breda, the Netherlands

Bachelor of Design (Illustration)

AKV St. Joost Breda, the Netherlands

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