Salvatore Rubbino grew up near the old Arsenal Stadium in Highbury in North London, although he says this didn’t make him any better at football. He studied printmaking at art college where he discovered that you could think about drawing in lots of different ways. Later on at the Royal College of Art he studied illustration, and in 2005 was shortlisted for the Victoria and Albert Museum Illustration Awards for a series of paintings set in New York.
This series has been transformed into his first picture book, A Walk in New York (Walker Books), which charts the adventure of a walk through the Big Apple. alvatore was chosen for a Book Trust Best New Illustrators Award in 2011.