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Rutu Modan
רוּתוּ מודן
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Rutu Modan, 2008
Born Rutu Modan
Tel Aviv, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Area(s) Illustrator and comic book artist.
Notable works
Exit Wounds

Rutu Modan (Hebrew: רותו מודן, born 1966) is an Israeli illustrator and comic book artist. She is co-founder of the Israeli comics group Actus Tragicus and published the critically acclaimed graphic novels Exit Wounds (2007) and The Property (2013).


Rutu Modan was born in Tel Hashomer, Israel, in 1966, and lived in the doctors' residences in Sheba Medical Center. Her father was Prof. Baruch Modan, a cancer researcher who served as director general of the Israeli Health Ministry in the 1980s. Her mother was Prof. Michaela Modan, an epidemiologist specializing in diabetes research. Her older sister is a doctor and her younger sister is Dana Modan, an actress and writer. The family moved to Afeka in north Tel Aviv when she was ten.

After graduating with distinction from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, she edited the Hebrew edition of MAD magazine with Yirmi Pinkus. Together they founded the Actus Tragicus comics group in 1995. Modan received the Young Artist of the Year award in 1997 and the Best Illustrated Children's Book award from the Youth Department of the Israel Museum in 1998. In 2005, she was chosen as an outstanding artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.

Modan lives in Tel-Aviv with her husband, Ofer Bergman and their two children.

Children's books

  • Where Is?, Written by Tamar Bergman, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books 2002,
  • Dad Runs Away With The Circus, Written by Etgar Keret, Cambridge, MA, Candlewick Press, 2004,
  • Maya Makes a Mess, the first children's book Rutu Modan has written as well as drawn, Toon Books, 2012,
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