Emma Magenta was born in Sydney and began her career drawing and writing her thoughts down on brown paper bags while working at Berkelouw Books in Paddington. After pinning them to the front window, they accrued a cult status and a publishing deal was offered to her by Australian publishing phenomenon; Bradley Trevor Grieve.
Since then, she has written and illustrated several adult picture books; The Peril of Magnificent Love, A Gorgeous Sense of Hope, The Origin of Lament and The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch. These books explore aspects of the feminine psyche, one's emotional world and the secret life of relationships. They have resonated with thousands of women around the globe as an antidote to depression and a validation of hope.
Magenta has also written and illustrated her first children's book, Orlando on a Thursday and illustrated Toni Collette's first children's book, Planet Yawn.
Her latest creation; The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch is Magenta's first foray into the world of animation and follows the emotional journey of the character Phillipa Finch from death to life. A sixteen episode series screened on ABC1 in 2011, the animation also comes with an illustrated novella, interactive web environment (the viewer is able to make their own artwork) and iPhone game.