was born in Volksdorf, a suburb of Hamburg, in 1955. She studied illustration at the Hamburg University for Applied Sciences from 1975 until 1981. In 1980 she became a member of a group of illustrators in Hamburg, the “Hamburger Illustratorengruppe”.
She published her first picture books in 1981, worked for various publishing houses and magazines, and began drawing for animated films in 1991.
Among her best-known works are her illustrations for the “Juli” series by Kirsten Boie. She has illustrated some 40 books and received many awards. Her book Schreimutter won the German Youth Literature Award in 2001. In 2009 she was awarded the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for her complete works and she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration in 2010. Today Jutta Bauer lives and works as an artist in Hamburg.