Daishu Ma is an award-winning Chinese illustrator and graphic novelist. Daishu studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, followed by a journey of self-education and exploration reaching out beyond the bounds of institutionalised training.
Her visual narratives, evocative of the myth and folklore in a modern, urban setting, are realised through a variety of traditional media, including wood engraving, paper art, pencil and ink. She has worked as a lecturer at Shanghai School of Visual Arts and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Leaf is Daishu's first graphic novel, and it has won the Cheltenham Illustration Award. She currently lives in Spain.