I am an illustrator and photographer based in Tallinn, Estonia and Pisa, Italy.


I got my bachelor’s in orchestral conducting. After graduating, I worked as a freelance musician as well as a music teacher.  Later I also studied Estonian Native Textile and after that I focused on my PhD studies in Musicology at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Musicology. From 2003 until 2019 I worked at the University of Tartu, first as the head of Music Department and later as the head of Centre of Arts. During that time I also taught natural fabric dyeing and culture criticism.


I've studied illustration at the Estonian Academy of Arts' open academy book illustration course and in Tartu Art School. I have worked on a variety of projects, among which are illustrations for children's books, newspapers, children magazines and various graphic design projects. With my illustrations I love to tell stories to children.


In photography I’m especially interested in documentary, mainly street photography. I’m driven by the desire to bring out different aspects of life, to point out the details that could not be seen at first glance.


If you are interested in commissioning me or would like to collaborate, feel free to get in touch and send me an email at tuulike.kivestu@gmail.com

Solo exhibitions

2021 Physicum Art Gallery, Tartu, EE

2021 Jakobi Trepigalerii

2020 My dear Italians, Barlova, Tartu, EE

2020 Our people, Noorus Gallery, Tartu, EE

2017  That moment when you have l'amour and heaven in Viljandi, Cafe Fellin, Viljandi, EE

2016   There is nothing you couldn't express through rabbits..., Wine Club Mulks, Viljandi, EE

Group exhibitions

2020 Kesksuvine kevadnäitus, The Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn, EE (Estonian illustratorexhibition)

2019 Two others, Karksi-Nuia Kultuurikeskus, Karksi-Nuia, EE (with Kristi Markov)

2019 Two others, KUKE Gallery, Tartu, EE (with Kristi Markov)

2019 Illukas, Tallinn Central Library, Tallinn (EE)

2019 Maailm läbi nõelaaugu,  Ag47 Gallery, Tartu (EE)

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