Tove Jansson was a Finnish author, novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. She is famous for her Moomin comic series for children. For her work as an author she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966. Tove Jansson grew up in an artistic family. She studied art from 1930 to 1938 in Stockholm, Helsinki and Paris. Her first solo art exhibition was in 1943. She continued to work as an artist and a writer for the rest of her life.