Jean-Baptiste Monge (born June 11, 1971 in Nantes) is a French fantasy author and illustrator. He is considered one of Europe’s most popular and celebrated fantasy artists, well-known to anyone who loves fairies, gnomes, goblins and other small creatures of magical world.
His first illustrated book “Halloween” was issued in 1996, in collaboration with Erle Ferronniere. Jean-Baptiste Monge and Erle Ferronniere worked together for 10 years; in 2004 they agreed to end their collaboration, each willing to go it alone. Two years later, Jean-Baptiste Monge issued his first solo book, "Carnet de croquis, archives de Feerie Tome I" (he have created all illustrations, texts and layout). At the same time he also participates in collective tribute to Regis Loisel "Dans l'ombre de Peter Pan" by Christelle Pissavy-Yvernault, by the French publisher Vents d'Ouest.
From 2007 to 2008, Jean-Baptiste Monge worked for the collective books "L'Univers des Dragons" published by Galerie Daniel Maghen. In October 2008, during the Utopiales, 9th edition of the International Science-Fiction Festival, artist received the Wojtek Siudmak Award 2008 for the cover illustration of Comptines assassines, Pierre Dubois's book.
Jean-Baptiste Monge won Spectrum 16 Silver Award for Book Illustration in 2009. Later in the same year he was also presented the Art&fact Award 2009 for his entire work by James Gurney (Dinotopia) during the Utopiales, 10th edition of the International Science-Fiction Festival.
In 2009, Jean-Baptiste Monge participates in a project still confidential as concept work for Sony Pictures Animation. He also participates in the collective "Souvenirs de films", published by Le Lombard, performing his version of the movie poster of the film Willow by Ron Howard. In April 2010, Jean-Baptiste has finished some Chara-design for a computer game, for a French company: Faery Legends of Avalon (developed by Spiders and published by Focus Home Interactive).
Jean-Baptiste Monge currently works as a lead concept Artist for Scarab Productions (Los Angeles) for a CG animation project, which will be also produced by Warner Bros, Zanuck Productions, Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil and maybe Tim Burton. Also, he involved in creating concept art for Digital Domain under the direction of Carlos Huante (Los Angeles), for the Brian Singer’s future movie “Jack the Giant Killer” (2012). In February 2011 Blizzard contacts him for participating at their artbook of Diablo III.
Jean-Baptiste Monge lives presently in Canada, in the city of Montreal.