about me

Irene Mennen-Berg is an illustrator, classical musician and music teacher from Cape Town, South Africa. She lives and works in Mannheim, Germany.

Member of the Illustratoren Organisation illustratoren-organisation.de


  • 2013, M.E.R. Prize for „best illustrated children’s book“ for “Ben and the Whales”/ “Ben en die Walvisse”
  • 2016, M.E.R. Prize for „best illustrated children’s book“ for “Ink”
  • 2017, Shortlist Huckepack Preis,  “Ein Kleid voller Geschichten”
  • 2018, IBBY Honour List for the picture book “Ink”


  • 2018 Dalberghaus, Mannheim City Library
  • 2017-2021 Travelling exhibition 100 Women – 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage/ 100 Frauen – 100 Jahre Frauenwhalrecht. Instagram “100FrauenProjekt”. Find out more on: www.100frauenausstellung.de
  • 2018 KunstFoyer, Gallus Theater, Frankfurt am Main.
  • 2019 Hyundai Museum for Kids’ Books and Art, South Korea
  • 2022/2023 FynArts Gallery, Hermanus, South Africa