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6 AGRAFKA ART STUDIO 8 VIOLETTA BORIGARD 10 OKSANA BULA

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14 NADIYA DOYCHEVA-BUT 16 YEVHENIYA HAIDAMAKA 12 18 OLHA HAVRYLOVA 20 OLHA KVASHA 22 KOST LAVRO

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24 KATERYNA LESIV 26 SERHIY MAYDUKOV 28 MAKSYM PALENKO 30 OLEH PETRENKO-ZANEVSKYI

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34 MARIANA PROKHASKO 46 36 ROMANA RUBAN 38 ANNA SARVIRA 40 KATERYNA SHTANKO 42 SLAVA SHULTS

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44 LERA SKHEMKA AND MAKSYM PAVLIUK

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46 OLENA STARANCHUK 48 ANASTASIYA STEFURAK 42

50 TETIANA TSYUPKA 52 YULIYA TVERITINA

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The Four Stages of Development of Ukrainian Illustration

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Diana Klochko In analyzing the dynamics of development of Ukrainian illustration, let us use the year 2000 as a starting point. At the brink of the millennium, illustration was primarily in children’s books that matched the criteria of high-quality visual dressing. Those criteria were confirmed by ratings, book reviews and high sales. Children’s books created a new pattern, namely the book as a present, as a kind of art work or art catalog. The following factors made this possible: 1) timeconsuming works by illustrators comparable to paintings; 2) large-size and multi-page books; 3) heavy and mostly glossy paper of foreign manufacture, 4) mainly foreign printing. Due to these specific features, the books looked like collections of episodes from a non-existent film, in which both children and adults were first offered an opportunity to take a close look at impressive drawings, and then to read the text. The drawings could cover separate or facing pages. The illustrator as visual interpreter had become as important as the author of the text, creating a system of distinctive and fanciful

images and dealing with oneof-a-kind visual magic. Mostly fairytales and classic literature were illustrated in this way. Thus, the mythologized past came across as colorfully and majestically as a Baroque iconostasis. A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MAHA Publishing House consistently introduced this principle to the book market, for many years working with painters Kost Lavro, Vladyslav Yerko and Kateryna Shtanko. Illustrations of this kind correlated with an understanding of the significance of Ukrainian culture of the 17–18th centuries. Since the 1990s, the community of well-educated Ukrainians had been trying to find a framework of collective identity based on the heritage of that period. Readers gradually learnt to recognize the styles of certain illustrators. Those illustrators guided other publishing houses which were forming their brands. Publishers were ready to invest heavily and make an effort to design a top-quality product (Old Lion Publishing House, Osnovy). In 2005, Ukrainian illustration moved to the second stage. That year the Orange Revolution revealed the need for

other types of books. It was the time of a gradual broadening of genre variations in contemporary prose. Publishers offered a more cost-effective design for such books, which made it easier to work with young illustrators who were willing to experiment. Smaller size, more text, distinct graphic illustrations, focus on decorative details such as headers, headlines, font compositions and unusual formats, as well as regular (not glossy) paper and Ukrainian print contributed to the emergence of a new kind of book. Readers longed for new texts rather than beautiful illustrations. As if giving way to text, illustrators started to maneuver with visual effects, treating a book as a laboratory to try out different proportions, schemes and styles. Having encountered many new titles, names and approaches particularly in book series, publishers’ regular customers were not looking for books to keep on their shelves forever. People did not need “museum artifacts,” they wanted modern products with art techniques, design and printing ideas intended to impress. Glowberry Books, Hrani, Bohdan Books, and Rozumna Dytyna publishing houses were among those focused on this new trend. The more active search for new illustration practices led to increased formal borrowings in preparation of proofs. The synthesis of illustrators’ and designers’ work influenced an interrelation between text and illustration, which was becoming playful, particularly in educational literature. This trend marked the early 2010s. With the introduction of different styles of computer graphics and implementation of European book standards, Ukrainian readers accepted that publications should be interesting and full of graphic


consumers abroad. Foreign publishers bought copyrights from Ukrainian publishing houses, and signed deals not only to buy copyright for translations (Family Leisure Club, Old Lion, Vivat, Teza, and Nora-Druk publishing houses sold those), but also for packages of illustrations or conceptual designs by Olena Tkach, Anna Sarvira, Romana Ruban and Volodymyr Shtanko, for example. What should be expected after the fourth stage? It will probably depend on the number of successful projects distinguished by both international awards and financial sales figures. But the most important indicator is that new visual standards, currently rarely featured in publications available on the market, will be the new norm for contemporary books in Ukraine. Moving to this stage also depends on how Ukrainian publishers promote books of customized European design. (In this respect it is worth mentioning publications from Old Lion Publishing House, Nebo Booklab Publishing, Yakaboo Publishing, Tempora, Artbook, and Rodovid). New methods used in the course of cooperation

between those involved in Ukraine’s book community will also play a crucial role. The main point is that it takes more than enthusiasts and a few engaged media outlets to introduce and engrain new standards for contemporary Ukrainian books, descriptive of the next generation. This catalog is an attempt to combine three stages of development in anticipation of the fourth. The catalog presents an already established tradition in book publishing, as well as trends that all too often contradict it. The catalog description the books’ creative uniqueness and commercial appeal. The compilers have deliberately avoided dividing illustrators into schools, generations or styles. The catalog reveals a panoramic picture of Ukrainian contemporary illustration in order to inspire readers to make a more detailed study of the subject, and to bring them aesthetic enjoyment.

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styles that were not embraced by Ukrainian classics. The move to the third stage became possible due to several international awards for Ukrainian illustrated books, especially acceptance into the White Ravens annual catalog of the International Youth Library in Munich. In spite of a lack of publicity about these achievements, especially between 2011 and 2014 (European integration was becoming ever more timely, though media controlled by the authorities of the time preferred to disregard achievements of this sort), illustrators became trendsetters in the area of book publishing in Ukraine, and publishers were induced to develop an experimental course. Successful Ukrainian designers worked on original visual books. In partnership with publishers, they produced experimental publications implementing a comprehensive approach to developing books with unique structure, typography, font composition, different types of paper, new types of covers, and so on. Original books brought illustrators/designers to the avant-garde of the book market. The publishers’ risk paid off, as the narrow group of Ukrainians interested in such experiments was widening. These were young people who cared most of all for experimental books which contributed to their new cultural status, such as Lviv-based Agrafka Art Studio, whose projects won the Bologna Ragazzi Award in 2014 and 2015; Kharkiv-based GRAFPROM Studio, included in the jury of ICOGRADA international organization of designers, and the Pictoric Club of illustrators. Their products included art books, illustration series, and graphic layouts. Experts discussed different stages of project development more broadly. Books of this sort gradually attracted


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Agrafka Art Studio is the creative team of Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv. These famous Ukrainian Lviv-based artists have won many best book designer and illustrator awards, and their trademark style is in great demand. Romana and Andriy are among the best-known Ukrainian illustrators abroad. They studied at the Ivan Trush State College of Decorative and Applied Arts in Lviv and the Lviv National Academy of Arts. They were both participants in the Gaude Polonia scholarship program organized by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage in Warsaw and Krakow. Romana has been taking part in group exhibitions in Ukraine and Europe since 2004, and Andriy since 2009. The illustrators are laureates of numerous awards for artists and designers, in particular, the Best Book Design contest held within the framework of the Book Arsenal international festival, the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava and the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair. Their books have been included in the world catalogue of the best children books White Ravens.

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in tandem. There are many famous duos of designers. Two heads are better than one, for sure, and the algorithm of two people is very effective. The main point is to work in tune. We each have clearly defined duties. Besides working together, we give each other a lot of space. We are like two planets orbiting around each other .”

Agrafka Art Studio works with leading Ukrainian publishing houses including Old Lion, Bohdan Books, Litopys and #knyholove.

[From an interview for The Ukrainians]

She pty ts ky i From A To Z by Ha ly na Te re s hchuk a nd Oks a na Dum a ns ka ( T he Old L i on P ubli s hi ng Hous e)

The most well-known books written and illustrated by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv are: “The War that Changed Rondo”; “Loudly, Softly, in a Whisper”; “Franko from A to Z” by Bohdan and Natalia Tykholoz; “Superheroes” by Olena Huseynova, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence (Old Lion); “Golden Shelf” book series of world classics (#knyholove).


T he Wa r that Cha n ge d Ro n d o by A r t St u d io Agra f ka ( T h e O l d L io n P u b l ish in g Ho u se)

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Violetta Borigard Artist and illustrator from Kyiv. Violetta graduated from the Ukrainian Academy of Printing, majoring in Book Graphics, and started working in this area in 2012. Previously she worked in different visual arts such as pictorial art, promotional print and staged videography. Violetta is the author of interactive drawing books and curator of the Drawing for Breakfast Sketching Club. She uses watercolor, ink, pencils and digital pastel in her work. In 2015, Barabooka portal named Violetta Best Illustrator and distinguished her work as the Best Book for Children Aged 5–8. Chytomo portal included her in its Twenty Best Illustrators of Ukraine 2017. Violetta was shortlisted by the international jury of the Book Arsenal festival for Best Book Design 2017. Violetta works with many Ukrainian publishers including Old Lion, Vivat, Hrani-T, Chas Maistriv and others. She is author and illustrator of “Princess the Cook” (Chas Maistriv), which is her most famous project. She has also illustrated “Mr. Kotskiy, Mira and the Sea” (Bratske), “About the Whale” (Old Lion), “Air Traffic“ (Hrani-T) by Oksana Lushchevska, “Bird Dispatcher” (Bratske), “Touch Me Not” by Tetiana Korniyenko (Chas Maistriv), and “Sleep. Wake Up” by Halyna Vdovychenko (Old Lion).

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“ When reading a manuscript, I already picture the illustrations that might be in the future book. If no pictures come to my imagination, I refuse to take the project. Having finished the book, I draw sketches first and then the whole visual framework. Once I have the general picture, I can take up detailed drawings. Books are like trees in the past. It is a shame to waste them. ” [from an interview for Chytomo]

A P ic t u re fo r Bre a k fa st . Il l u st rat io n ( T h e O l d L io n P u b l ish in g Ho u se)


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Oksana Bula Oksana was born in Lviv in 1989. She graduated from the Lviv National Academy of Arts, majoring in Glass Art. She works with illustration and design in her professional activity and participates in Ukrainian and international exhibitions. In 2016 Oksana Bula started a series of picture books about forest creatures called Tukoni. The first book of the series, Bison Looks for a Nest, was named best picture book 2016, according to Critic’s Rating: Best Children’s and Young Adults Books of the Year and LitAkcent of the Year Award. It was also awarded best book of the Lviv Publishers’ Forum 2017 in the Children’s Prose

and Poetry category. In 2016 Oksana Bula illustrated “Who Grows in the Park?” by Kateryna Mikhalitsyna, which was included in the White Ravens catalog of the International Youth Library in Munich. That same year Barabooka portal, dedicated to children’s and young adult books, named Oksana Bula Illustrator of the Year. She participates in charitable environmental projects run by the David Suzuki Foundation and WWF Ukraine. Oksana regularly works with Old Lion and Bratske publishing houses, illustrating books for both children and adults.

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“ Illustrators of children’s books should suggest room for the imagination of little readers. A good children’s book does not tell a story. A reader should find that story on his or her own, discovering as many levels and directions as he or she likes. I guess, a picture book is the perfect format in this sense. ” [from an interview for starylev.com.ua]

Tu koni Fore ste r by Oksa na Bula (T he Old Li on Pub li sh i ng Hous e)

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W ho G rows in t h e Pa r k ? by K ate r y n a Mik h a l it sy n a ( T h e O l d L io n P u b l ish in g Ho u se)

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Polina Doroshenko

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“ When implementing book projects

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I like to work with characters and plotline, experimenting with different techniques. One of the characteristics of the illustrators’ job is team work, joining the forces of the author, desktop publishing engineer, publishing house, reader and viewer. ”

Graphic artist, illustrator. Polina was born in Mykolayiv. In 2013, she graduated from the Book Graphics Workshop of Professor Halyna Halynska at the Kyiv National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. She finished her scientific internship and assistantship at the National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. Currently, Polina lives and works in Kyiv. In her works, she combines different techniques using acrylic, Italian pencil and decoupage. She works with publishing houses focused on book design, namely Osnovy and Nebo Booklab Publishing. She debuted in the area of book illustration with “Mice in Cheese” children’s book of poetry by Tetiana Korobkova (Laurus Publishing House 2013).

”Forest Song” by Lesia Ukrayinka with Doroshenko’s illustrations (Osnovy Publishing House) was included in the White Ravens 2014 international catalog of best children’s books. ”Soldier” by Kara Van Kirk Levin was a joint project of Polina Doroshenko and Vlada Soshkina. This children’s book received the American Spark Award 2017 for excellence in visual presentation. Polina Doroshenko has also illustrated ”Stefaniya’s First Lace” and ”What is a Holiday”? by Yuliya Laktionova (Nebo Booklab Publishing), and ”Fedr’s Fables” (Osnovy Publishing House). In collaboration with Vlada Soshkina, Doroshenko has illustrated ”On My Way Home”, one of the finalists of the 2017 Silent Book Contest held in Italy and exhibited in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators’ Exhibition.


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“ Artists from different countries

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may have more in common than colleagues living in the same one. Alongside this, Ukrainian illustrators change their styles quite often, sometimes due to market conditions. ” [from an article published in Ukrayinska Pravda. Zhyttia]

Publishing House until 2013. Since 2015, she has been working with the Fountain of Fairy Tales Publishing House and implementing her own individual projects. She is an active participant in art exhibitions. In her creative work, the illustrator combines traditional and digital techniques and keeps experimenting. Sometimes she uses herself as a model for her illustrations. This is her way of exploring hidden parts of herself and coping with inner conflicts. When illustrating books, Nadiya intertwines Ukrainian traditions with contemporary Western trends in the area of illustration.

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Graphic artist, illustrator. Nadiya was born in 1982 in Izmail. She lives and works in Kyiv. Nadiya studied at the Hrekov Odesa Art School. In 2008, she graduated from the Kyiv National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. She has illustrated over 30 books for Ukrainian and foreign publishers. In 2017 Nadiya won the iJungle Illustration Awards international competition for her illustrations for ”Deep Forest” by Anastasiya Lavrenishyna, to be published in 2018. The jury selected 17 winners among 1,100 illustrators from all over the world. Nadiya was one of the leading illustrators of the Hrani-T


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Yevheniya Haidamaka Illustrator from Kyiv. As a child, Yevheniya took an art course and spent all her free time drawing. She studied at the Ihor Sikorskiy National Technical University of Ukraine, majoring in Graphics. While studying she created her first illustrations, including works for children’s books from Green Pes Publishing House. She has worked as designer at the English School. Yevheniya began working on book projects in 2015, when she illustrated The Cow Baked a Loaf, a book of poems by Hryhoriy Falkovych for the Old Lion Publishing House. She studied illustration in the United States with a scholarship from the Fulbright Ukraine program. As a freelance designer, she has worked with Reader’s Digest, Boston Globe, Society of Illustrators NY, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, and Ukrainian publishing houses. Currently, she is visualizing ideas and texts for projects in the area of book publishing, magazines and advertising for different digital platforms. She is fond of combining usual and unusual things, collecting children’s books, and drawing everything around her.

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“ An illustrator’s freedom is the opportunity to work in tune with a publisher. If they have mutual trust, illustrators and publishers can achieve results that surpass expectations. ” U K R AN I A N B O O K I N ST I T UTE

In 2017 she was a prizewinner of the international Red Dot Award, with the jury selecting two of Yevheniya’s works, her film poster for “The Terminal” by Steven Spielberg and her book cover for “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery (Urbino Publishing House).

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Anne of Gre e n G ab les by Lu cy M au d Mon tg omer y (p roject)


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Olha Havrylova Artist, illustrator, animator. Olha was born in Kyiv, where she still lives. She studied at the Mykhailo Boichuk Institute of Design and Applied Arts in Kyiv, majoring in Pottery Design. In 2008, she started working with Ukrainian publishing houses Hrani-T, Bratske and Chorni Vivtsi. Olha has won several awards. In particular, her illustrations for “Solka and Cook TaraPata“ by Oksana Lushchevska (Hrani-T) won the Books for Children and Youth category in the 9th Art of the Book international contest for CIS countries. She is also winner of the Best Book of Ukraine contest in the World of Childhood category. Havrylova’s best known illustration projects include: “Animal Alphabet“ by Ivan Andrusyak (Hrani-T), “No Wolf’s Tongue-Twister“ by Hrytsko Chubay (Hrani-T), “Naughty“ by Serhiy Pantiuk (Hrani-T), “How many?/Skilky?“ bilingual picture book by Halyna Kyrpa (Bratske) and “Blue Umbrella“ by Oksana Lushchevska (Chorni Vivtsi).

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“ I still feel new in the area of illustration and take a dim view of my work. I am constantly learning from my mistakes. Every book is an experiment. I am always looking for new images, color harmonies or styles. ” [from an article published in Ukrayinska Pravda. Zhyttia]

Currently Olha teaches at the Institute of Arts at Borys Hrinchenko University, Kyiv. Since 2016 she has been working with Chervonyi Sobaka animation studio as artist-animator for The Wonderful Beast project and later as art director of the Victor the Robot project and director of animated films.


B lu e Umbre lla by Oks a na Lushchevska (Chorni V i v tsi )

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Artist and illustrator. Olha was born in Lutsk in 1976. In 1999, she graduated from the Lviv National Academy of Arts. She lives and works in Lviv. While studying, Olha participated in art exhibitions and international outdoor painting expeditions in Poland. The artist has had a dozen solo exhibitions in the Ukrainian cities of Lutsk, Lviv, Kyiv and Odesa.

Brazil. Her best known projects with Ukrainian publishers are: “The Deer with the Golden Horns“ by Dmytro Pavlychko (A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA, “Quiet Poems for the Winter“ by Mariana Savka (Old Lion Publishing House), “Baked Apples“ by Oksana Kutsenko (The Fountain of Fairy Tales), and “Hares in the Field Cooking Borshch“ by Yevhen Hutsalo (Old Lion Publishing House).

Olha has her trademark style. Some of her works have been included in private collections all over the world, and she is well-known in Poland, Russia, France, the US, Japan, Canada and

Olha’s dream is to illustrate “The Land of Sunny Bunnies“ by Vsevolod Nestayko and “Pervinka“ by Mykola Vinhranovskyi.

always wanted to illustrate, and it even interfered with my work as an artist. My teacher once said: ‘Your paintings slip down to illustrativeness.’ Now that I’ve separated the two, I have sorted things out. My illustrations have taken their own way, and my pictorial art seems to have freed itself. ” [from an interview for zaxid.net]

Illu st rat i on s : Cof fe e and Milk; 5 5 Lys e nka St .

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Illus trati ons : Ni va Com bi ne ; Holy T hurs day ; T he We e k Be fore E a ste r

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Kost Lavro Iconic artist of independent Ukraine. Kost was born in Poltava Oblast. He studied in Lviv at the Republican Secondary Art School and the Ukrainian Book-Printing Academy, majoring in Artistic Presentation of Books. Kost Lavro is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine and laureate of the Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine. Lavro’s unique style combines the artistic principles of Ukrainian avant-garde and traditional art. His teachers Ivan Ostafiychuk and Feodosiy Humenyuk have greatly influenced his creative work. The artist’s works have been included in catalogs of foreign book fairs, namely Bologna and Bratislava, and awarded the most prestigious state prizes. Kost Lavro is a leading illustrator of A-BA-BAHA-LA-MA-HA Publishing House. He also works with Rozumna Dytyna Publishing House. Lavro is wellknown abroad and has illustrated books for publishers in France, the USA and Switzerland.

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“ Young people are snapping at our heels, and it is wonderful. Ukrainian artists lack figurativeness. Many people can draw a cat, but only a few are able to reflect its character or mood. I am fortunate to be good at it. I’ve been drawing like this since my school years, when the back of every notebook of mine was covered with caricatures ” [from an interview for Fifth Channel]

The most popular books illustrated by Kost Lavro are: “Favorite Poems“; “The Night Before Christmas“ by Mykola Hohol; “The Children’s Gospel“; “Snow is Falling on the Threshold“ by Platon Voronko, and “The Christmas Glove“ by Ivan Malkovych (A-Ba-BaHa-La-Ma-Ha). In 2017 Kost Lavro was nominated for the prestigious international Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, conferred for contribution to children’s and young adult literature.

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T he Ni g ht Before Chri s tm a s by My kola Hohol ( A- B a- Ba - Ha - L a- Ma - Ha)

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Kateryna Lesiv Illustrator, graphic designer. Kateryna was born in Khmelnytskyi and studied at the Kyiv National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture from 2011 to 2016. She has taken part in Ukrainian and international projects, in particular the “By the Way, Life is Beautiful“ exhibition of the Pictoric Club of Illustrators, held at the Kyiv-based Book Arsenal international festival in 2017. She presented the Montage project at the Festival of Young Ukrainian Artists, held at the Mystetskyi Arsenal National Culture, Art and Museum Complex under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. Kateryna has participated in the following art residencies: Biruchiy Art School in Klementowice, Poland; Borders on the Edge, MASLO Gallery, and Big Transfer at artists Tamara and Oleksandr Babaks’ studio. In 2017 Kateryna presented her work at the Rysować Naturalnie exhibition of drawing held in Toruń, Poland.

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“ Illustrations are part of the book, augmenting its perception. In children’s books, illustrations might be the language. Rather than offering simultaneous interpretation of the text, visual support should be scrupulous and relevant. ”

Lul laby 1 by Kate r y na Le s i v (Rod ovi d)

That same year, the illustrator became laureate of the Anatoliy Kryvolap Award in the Graphics category, and won the Dummy Award contest organized by Rodovid Publishing House. In cooperation with Lotsiya Publishing House Kateryna has illustrated books in the SEMENKO100 project and Lotsiya series. Rodovid Publishing House has published “Lullaby 1“ art book illustrated with her works.


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Serhiy Maydukov

“ When looking for ideas, I am inspired by silence; when drawing, I am inspired by music. I work better after a cup of good coffee. I find inspiration in modernism and constructionism in architecture; European and American pictorial art of the 1930s-1970s; Soviet pictorial art of the 1920s-1930s; professional jealousy; highs and lows and awareness that time is flying, everything is on the move. ” [from an interview for The Ukrainians]

(Colting Publishing), and a series of postcards entitled You. Kyiv. The illustrator is also author of a Google Doodle dedicated to the 2017 Independence Day of Ukraine. He likes to work with pencils, ink and colored paper. His favorite colors are black, red, yellow, cobalt blue, white, orange, fresh green, light warm eggplant and grayish pink. Serhiy is fond of illustrations by Brad Holland, Miroslaw Sasek, Gary Kelley, Riccardo Guasco, JooHee Yoon, Ping Zhu, Mark Ulriksen, Lorenzo Mattotti, Andre Carrilho, Kaye Blegvad, Jean Jullien, Jun Cen, Charlotte Dumortier, Matteo Berton, and others.

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Illustrator, designer. Serhiy was born in Donetsk in 1980. His father was an artist and his mother was an architect. At university he majored in International Economics. In 2006 he moved to Kyiv, and studied at the art studio of the Kyiv National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture from 2008 to 2012. He works as a freelance illustrator. Serhiy’s works have appeared in The Washington Post, The Village Voice, The Baffler, The Stranger, The Boston Globe, The Architectural Review, Times Higher Education, Diplomat, Datum, Medium, Adobe, McDonalds, Hyundai, and others. Serhiy’s book projects include Executed Renaissance (Osnovy Publishing House), 2001 Space Odyssey


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“ Before getting to work on the illustrations, I spend quite a lot of time studying everything related to the events described in the book. I need to look through encyclopedias, magazines and albums to be more confident when drawing animals, characters’ clothes, architecture, city streets, transport, etc. ”

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[from an interview for Den newspaper]

Artist, illustrator, graphic artist. Maksym was born in Novooleksandrivka, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, where he still lives and works. He studied at art school, Yevhen Vuchetych Art College in Dnipropetrovsk and the Ukrainian Academy of Printing in Lviv. In 2006, he started his career as a book illustrator with “The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog“ by Jeremy Strong (Old Lion). He has also illustrated the following books: “A Wonderful Monster“ and “A Wonderful Monster and a Bad Baddie“ by Sashko Dermanskyi; “The Squires of Cossack Shvayka“, “The Squires-Sorcerers“, “The Squires and The Submarine and The Frontier Guard“ by Volodymyr Rutkivskyi (A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA); “My Dad’s Got an Alligator“! and “Pandemonium at School“ by Jeremy Strong (Old Lion), and others. Maksym Palenko is a laureate of several Ukrainian book awards. He is inspired by the Boichuk school, Japanese artists working in the genre of Ukiyo-e and Ukrainian illustrators Kost Lavro and Oleh Petrenko-Zanevskyi. Palenko is fond of music, and illustrates audio disc covers for prominent Ukrainian bands. He also works in the area of animation.

T he Fronti e r Gu a rd by Volody my r R Rutki vs ky i ( A- Ba - Ba -Ha -L a -Ma -Ha)

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“ In children’s illustrations and book art in general, I cherish that marvelous journey to the magic world of dreams and fantasies, full of surprises and adventures. An artist takes the road to faraway lands, urging others to follow. You know, some people really like it. ”

Kyiv-based artist, Merited Artist of Ukraine, associate professor of the Graphic Design department at the National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. He has taught Chirography, Art of Typography, Applied Graphics and Book Composition and Design at the Academy since 2001. He graduated from Taras Shevchenko State Art School in 1983 and from the Book Graphics workshop of Vasyl Chebanyk and Halyna Halynska of the Kyiv State Art Institute in 1992. His scientific internship and assistantship was under the direction of academic supervisor Heorhiy Yakutovych at the National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture in 1999. Oleh works in the area of book graphics, graphic design, art of typography and animation. He takes part in art exhibitions and prizes both in Ukraine and abroad. With his creative work, he has represented Ukraine at prestigious international book fairs, including the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators’ Exhibition 1998 and 2013, and Illustratori Dell’est Europa Dagli Anni’80 al 2000. He has worked with Veselka, Dnipro,

Molod, Mayak, Ukraine, A-BA-BAHA-LA-MA-HA, Old Lion, Rozumna Dytyna, and Chas Maistriv Ukrainian publishers. He has also worked with Barvinok and Odnoklasnyk children’s magazines. Oleh was art editor of Soniashnyk magazine for a long time, and founded his own publishing house, Sima Publishes. Oleh Petrenko has created over 50 series of illustrations, including for the following books: “Is It Possible to Build a Dam on the River With Money?“ by Hnat Hotkevych (Veselka Publishing), “A Piglet’s Story“ by Yuriy Vynnychuk (A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA), “Does the Baboon Have a Grandma?“ by Mariana Savka (Old Lion), “Fairy Tales“ by Sashko Lirnyk (Zelenyi Pes), and others.


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“ I am both in and out of luck. On one hand, it was cool to have been entrusted with books by geniuses like Andersen right away. On the other hand, I can see now that I was not experienced enough to work on them. If offered an opportunity now, I would illustrate Andersen’s fairy tales differently. Although I could say the same in regard to every book I have illustrated. ” [from an interview for Dzerkalo Tyzhnia]

Since 2011 he has been working with Ukrainian publishing houses as a book illustrator. He has illustrated “Little Muck“ by Wilhelm Hauff, “The Big Illustrated Book of Fairy Tales, Where do Fish Fly“ (with Ivan Malkovych) (A-BA-BA-HA-LAMA-HA), “A Handful of Warmth for Mommy“ by Sashko Dermanskiy, “A Christmas Carol“ by Charles Dickens, and “How I Destroyed the Empire“ by Zirka Menzatiuk

(Old Lion). Rostyslav is inspired by Vladyslav Yerko, Kateryna Shtanko and Maksym Palenko. Starting his work in the area of illustration, he used a ballpoint pen and later watercolor and oil paints. W he re do Fi s h Fly by Ros tys lav Pop sky i a nd I va n Ma lkov ych ( A- Ba - Ba - Ha - L a -Ma -Ha)

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Rostyslav was born in Shepetivka, Khmelnytska Oblast, in 1981, where he still lives and works. He studied at children’s art school and graduated from the Khmelnytskiy Law and Management Institute in 2004. He worked as a teacher of drawing and as a public service employee. An artist by vocation, he sent his works to A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA Publishing House and was offered to illustrate “King Matt the First“ by Janusz Korczak. According to Rostyslav, it was a difficult task for an illustrator to be responsible for a classic book.


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Mariana Prokhasko Illustrator, children’s book author. Mariana was born in Uzhhorod and later moved with her parents to Ivano-Frankivsk. She graduated from Prykarpattia University, majoring in English Language and Literature. She has no professional background in art. She debuted as an illustrator in 2013 with her book “Who’ll Make the Snow“ about a family of moles, co-authored by famous Ukrainian prose writer Taras Prokhasko and published by Old Lion Publishing House. The book brought its authors prestigious Ukrainian awards in literature and was included in the White Ravens Catalog, an annual publication of the International Youth Library in Munich. The book was very popular with readers, who impatiently awaited the sequel. The next two stories of the mole family, “Where Did the Sea Disappear“ and “How to Understand a Goat“ were published in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

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falsity. Readers can easily recognize either the exhaustive efforts of an adult trying to adapt to the image of a person children seemingly want to hear, or the natural voice of relaxed adult, remembering all too well what it is like to be a child. I would like to have this natural and relaxed voice. ” [from an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda. Zhyttia]

T he L i fe a nd the Snow by Ma ri a na Pro k h a sko a n d Ta ra s Pro k h a sko ( T h e O l d L io n P u b l ish in g Ho u se)

Publishers from Japan, Lithuania and China have bought translation and publication rights. Mariana Prokhasko has initiated her own book project entitled “Write a Book for Me“. Inviting authors to write a text, Prokhasko then illustrates them. “Hen Constellation“ by Sophia Andrukhovych (Old Lion) was the first product of such collaboration, which Mariana Prokhasko illustrated with collage techniques. The book was included in the White Ravens Catalog. Readers also appreciate Prokhasko’s illustrations for a series of picture books about the Curly-Haired Family. These books develop children’s language skills and imagination.


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Romana Ruban Illustrator, graphic artist. Romana lives and works in Kyiv. In 2017, she graduated from the Kyiv National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. She has participated in a dozen exhibitions, contests and projects, including Pictoric Club projects Semenko100, Life is Beautiful and Prominent Ukrainians. With “Looking for Zina“ (Nebo Booklab Publishing), Romana was shortlisted for the Best Book Design award held in the framework of the Arsenal Book Festival 2017. That same year the illustrator had her first solo exhibition entitled Cold Mountain. Task List. She has implemented several largescale projects on her own and in cooperation with other illustrators and artists, including: The Three Lives of Cat Vasiki (Nebo Booklab Publishing, 2016); Badger’s Glorious Professions (Artbooks, 2016); “Looking for Zina“ (Nebo Booklab Publishing, 2017); Twelve Months with Badger (Artbooks, 2017), and Semenko100 (Lotsiya, 2017).

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“ The artist creates graphics with a distinct atmosphere. Romana Ruban is good at both grotesque and minimalism. She has modern notions of children’s illustration and masters the relevant simplicity and expressiveness, drawing eloquent and emotional characters. ” Valentyna Vzdulska, catalog expert

Romana Ruban mostly works on art books and illustrations. She is fond of self-publishing and printing and uses various techniques in her work. Romana experiments with different kinds of books, from regular publications to books as art objects (paper sculpture, pop-up books, animation, etc).

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Anna Sarvira Artist and illustrator, designer from Kyiv. In 2009, Anna graduated from the Kyiv National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. Later she studied at the book graphics workshop. In 2013 she won a Gaude Polonia scholarship. She is a co-founder of the Pictoric Club, which brings together Ukrainian illustrators and aims to create new projects, promote works by participants, and enable participants to present Ukraine at the international level. The club focuses on collaboration between artists and publishers and supporting young authors. Together with Pictoric, Anna has organized two dozen exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. In her creative work, she uses watercolor and acrylic raster (digital) graphics. In 2017, Anna Sarvira became the frst Ukrainian to be selected to the Top-75 list, representing illustrators from 18 countries at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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“ The crucial thing is to develop. Develop through tireless work, ups and downs, daring to show one’s work to the world. Ukrainians are a talented nation, and the world acknowledges this fact over and over again. We can and we must meet the world’s expectations ” [from an interview for Espreso.tv]

Anna often takes part in exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. She has also won the COW International Design Festival. Anna works with Ukrainian publishing houses; among her well-known projects are the following: “Tiny Stories“ (Osnovy Publishing House), “Hedgehog Wilhelm“ by Tetyana Stus (Vivat Publishing House), and “Adults Be Off“ by Serhiy Prylutskyy (Luta Sprava Publishing House). She has illustrated books for foreign publishers, namely “The Elves and the Shoemaker“ by the Brothers Grimm (Blue Rabbit Publishing) and “Tasha and Her Brother“ (Benchmark Education). Anna admires famous illustrators JooHee Yoon, Paweł Pawlak and Marie Mignot.


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years, adults kept asking this pointless question: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I always said I wanted to be a fairy, and everyone laughed. I didn’t see why, as in books fairies helped Cinderellas find happiness. Now I am an adult, I think I have kept my promise. I have my magic wand, which is a paintbrush, and use it to give Cinderella a ball dress, a carriage, horses and a palace. ” [from an interview for LitaAkcent]

In 2014, the artist first tried her hand at writing. Her short children’s novel “Dragons, Go!“ (A-Ba-Ba-HaLa-Ma-Ha) won her the BBC Book of the Year award. In 2018, Kateryna Shtanko received the title of Merited Artist of Ukraine.

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One of the most famous Ukrainian illustrators, Kateryna was born in Simferopol. She studied at the Samokysh Art School in Crimea (easel graphic workshop) from 1969 to 1973. Later she studied at the Kyiv State Art Institute, majoring in Book Graphics. The first book illustrated by Kateryna, “Scarlet Sails“ by Aleksandr Grin, was published in 1979. Over several decades the illustrator has successfully worked with leading publishing houses in Ukraine including Veselka, Dnipro, Znannia, Osvita, Teza, Hrani–Т, Prudkyi Ravlyk, A-BA-BA-HA-LAMA-HA, and Old Lion. She has illustrated Soniashnyk, Stezhka and Malyatko children’s magazines. The artist has created images for over 40 children’s books. She has participated in many Ukrainian and international exhibitions and received diplomas and prestigious awards. She prefers using watercolor, ecoline and graphite pencil in her work. Kateryna’s most famous works are: “100 Fairy Tales“ (A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA), “Dreams of Hans Christian“ by Lesya Voronyna (Hrani-Т), and “Angel Golden Hair“ by Zirka Menzatyuk (The Old Lion Publishing House).


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Slava Shults Graphic artist, illustrator. Slava was born in 1992 in Dnipro. She studied at the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Theater and Arts College, majoring in Pictorial Art, and at the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts, majoring in Graphics (from 2011 to 2017). Slava is a member of the National Youth Union of Artists of Ukraine, and has participated in Ukrainian and international contests and exhibitions. Slava made her book industry debut with her original book “Tashenka and Cactus“. Her graduation project was for Kharkiv Academy, this book was published by the Kharkiv-based Astra Publishing House in 2015. Later, “Tashenka and Cactus“ was included in the Stiftung Buchkunst exhibition during the Frankfurt Book Fair as one of the most beautiful books in the world.

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“ The main task of the artist is to plunge into the plot, to feel its atmosphere. In this way the illustrator is more receptive to the book, feeling the slightest emotional fluctuations in the text and reproducing pictures based on her impressions. Thus the illustrator introduces readers to herself, to her inner world. ”

In 2017 Slava illustrated the first Ukrainian translation of “The Old Man and the Sea“ by Ernest Hemingway (Old Lion). The artist has also illustrated translations of “Les Misérables by Victor Hugo“ (Astra), and others.


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Lera Skhemka and Maksym Pavliuk WE BAD creative team works with drawings, collages, and graphic design. According to the team, they have a small corporation combining graphic design and illustration and willing to conquer the world. Maksym Pavliuk graduated from the Cherkasy National Technical University, majoring in Graphic Design. He also studied at the Mykhailo Boichuk Institute of Design and Applied Arts in Kyiv. Lera Skhemka studied at the Kherson National Technical University, majoring in Visual Communication Design, and at the Mykhailo Boichuk Institute of Design and Applied Arts. She was a resident of the International Summer School of Art and student of the Visual Communication School.

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“ I don’t stick to a style. No project of mine starts from a prefabricated scenario in my head. I guess I conduct some kind of inner research, getting an understanding of the story and gradually working out the visual part. I need to feel and experience everything. I believe in a spontaneous style. ” [Lera Skhemka in an interview for Chytomo]

WE BAD has worked on projects for Fozzy Group, Oschadbank, Globino, EBA, and 1+1 Media Holding commercial companies, and collaborated with Osnovy and #knyholove publishing houses. The team has illustrated the following books: “The Kaydash Family“ by Panas Myrnyi, “City“ by Valeryan Pidmohylnyi, and “Wise Thoughts from All Over the World Collection“.


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3 D Ma s k for Mr P i pi ns s hop C l ot he s desig n b ased on illu strations from K ayd as h Fa m i ly by I va n Ne chuy- Lev y ts ky i (Os nov y P ubli s hi ng Hous e)

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Olena Staranchuk Graphic designer, illustrator. Olena was born in Kyiv and still lives in the capital of Ukraine. In 2009, Olena graduated from the Mykhailo Boichuk Institute of Design and Applied Arts in Kyiv, where she worked as a teacher for several years after her graduation. In 2013 she took part in the Gaude Polonia scholarship program. Currently, Olena is a member of the Union of Designers of Ukraine, co-founder and co-curator of the Pictoric Club of Illustrators, and co-curator of the Orthodox Gallery of Illustrations in Kyiv.

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“ She is sensitive and intelligent, friendly and amiable. She is good at finding simple solutions and solving big problems. She does not hesitate to experiment with forms, scales and art devices. She is a past master at visualization. Olena is a very responsible person. She has special ingenuity and a willingness to grow professionally. ”

The illustrator conducts workshops, lectures and presentations in Ukraine and abroad. She also takes part in many festivals, exhibitions and competitions. Projects of the Pictoric Club are among her best, as the club always presents something outstanding. Illustrations from the Prominent Ukrainians project of the Pictoric Club are exhibited in the Library of Congress of the United States. Together with Pictoric’s co-founder and illustrator Oleh Hryshchenko, Olena has designed several book projects for Rodovid Publishing House, including Ukrainian and English editions of “The Ukrainian Academy of Art. A Brief History“.

[Yuliya Kozlovets, catalog expert]

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“ This statement might be too bold, but to my mind, most artists do not think of children while drawing for them. Illustrators work for their own amusement. They draw whatever they like, they draw themselves as children. ” [from an interview for Vysokyi Zamok]

Artist and illustrator. Anastasiya was born in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast in 1990. She took art courses from the age of seven, and studied at the Sorokhtey Children’s Art School in Ivano-Frankivsk from 2000 to 2005. She graduated from the Lviv National Academy of Arts, majoring in Graphic Design. While studying, she participated in contests of easel graphic works (dry-point technique). In her senior year at the academy Anastasiya illustrated “Fahrenheit 451“ by Ray Bradbury for her graduation work. After her studies, she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator at a design studio. In 2014, Old Lion Publishing House published Ukrainian Proverbs using Anastasiya’s illustrations from her graduation project. Anastasiya has been working with Ukrainian publishers since 2015. She has worked on the following projects for the Old Lion Publishing House: “My Grandfather Was a Cherry Tree“ by Angela Nanetti, “The Man Who Grew Comets“ by Angela Nanetti, “The Stylish Guide for Ladies“

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by Oksana Karavanska, “Lyalechky“ by Oksana Kutsenko, “Shevchenko From A to Z“ by Leonid Ushkalov, and “The Bell Jar“ by Sylvia Plath. Anastasiya has also illustrated up to 30 book covers. She works using computer graphics and collage. She is fond of magic realism, surrealism, minimalism and symbolism. Currently, Anastasiya lives and works in Lviv.


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Tetiana Tsyupka Іllustrator, graphic designer. Tetiana was born in Lviv Oblast in 1987. She studied at the Lviv National Academy of Arts, majoring in Design from 2005 to 2011. While studying, she participated in graphics summer schools in Ukraine and abroad. In 2013, she took part in the Gaude Polonia scholarship program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, studying poster design. That same year, she was laureate of the Mariusz Kazana Prize and apprentice of the graphics studios of the Krakow and Warsaw Academies of Fine Arts.

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“ I work with illustrations for both adults

Since 2014 Tetiana has been teaching Printmaking and Illustration at Lviv National Academy of Arts, combining teaching with

her work as a graphic designer. She uses easel graphic works, and her favorite technique is colored linocut. Tetiana creates original illustrations for children’s books for Ukrainian publishers. Over the last decade she has participated in around forty collective exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad (USA, Georgia, Poland, Germany, Belarus, Russia). Since 2014 she has had three solo exhibitions in Lviv, Warsaw and Wroclaw. Tetiana has won several awards for easel graphic works and graphic design. Her works have been included in private collections, with two of them in the collections of the US Congress.

and children, but it’s creations for little ones that I enjoy doing most of all. The subject is of no importance, because every book is a new task, requiring a new approach and research. This is what I like about this work. ”

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Yuliya Tveritina Graphic artist and illustrator. Yuliya was born in Kyiv and has lived in Suzhou, China, since 2013. She studied at the National Academy of Arts in Kyiv, majoring in Graphics, from 2005 to 2011. In 2014 she finished her postgraduate program. Since 2005, Yuliya has been taking part in exhibitions and art projects including: Guanlan International Print Biennial in China;Ukrainian Book Graphics International Triennial in Kyiv; International Biennial of Engraving in Liège; Casanim Festival in Casablanca; “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors“ in Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, and solo exhibitions in Chinese cities, as well as in Germany, Poland and Portugal. Yuliya Tveritina has been a member of the Pictoric Club of Illustrators.

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than any printed symbols and words said aloud. Those images are more emotional, and emotions are the foundation on which memories are built in the human mind. One can argue that the strength of a visual image is in its simplicity, in its easy perception. ”

She lectures on Western and Eastern practices in design of print publications.Tveritina’s works are published in the following books: “Prominent Ukrainians and Double Check to Be Sure“ (Pictoric), “The Boy As the Puppy’s Present“ by Hanna and Petro Vladymyrski (Hrani-T), “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Graphic Stories“ (Artbook).

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Vladyslav Yerko One of the most famous illustrators in Ukraine. He was born in Kyiv in 1962, and still lives and works in the capital of Ukraine. Yerko has been drawing since the age of seven and decided to be an artist as early as 13.

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“ I need proper motivation. I should be interested in what I am doing. First, I imagine marvelous pictures in such a book. These are deceptive visions, lacking clarity as soon as I try to focus. Then I distinctly feel the beginning of the wonderful time. It is the time when I take pleasure in doing my work and know that I won’t disappoint anyone. ” [from an interview for robota.ua]

He studied at the Ivan Fedorov Printing Institute in Kyiv, majoring in Book Art. As a student, Vladyslav became a member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine. He worked on film posters for some time, and won two awards at the Moscow International Posters Contest in 1987. Since 1989, the artist has been working in the area of book graphics. He has collaborated with Sofiya and Nika-Centre publishing houses, illustrating writings by Carlos Castaneda, Richard Bach and Paulo Coelho. His collaboration with A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA Publishing House has been the most fruitful, producing his illustrations for “The Snow Queen“ by Hans Christian Andersen. The book won Grand Prix at the Book of the Year National Contest 2000, and Best Children’s Book of 2006 title and medal of the Anderson House Foundation, USA. The book has been republished in many countries including Great Britain, South Korea, Australia and the US. Vladyslav Yerko has received many prestigious awards. In 2002, he was awarded Man of the Book by the Moscow-based Book Reviews magazine. “Fairy Tales of Foggy Albion“ illustrated by Yerko was named Book of the Year 2003. The Ukrainian translation of “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark“ illustrated by Yerko was awarded Grand Prix at the Lviv Publishers’ Forum 2008. “The Harry Potter“ book series illustrated by Vladyslav Yerko has been extremely popular among fans of the artist, with the novels’ author Joanne Rowling also appreciating Yerko’s illustrations. He has also worked on the following famous books: “Taras Bulba“ by Mykola Hohol, “Little Zaches Called Cinnabar“ by E. T. A Hoffmann, “Alice in Wonderland“ by Lewis Carroll, “Gulliver’s Travels“ by Jonathan Swift (A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA), and others.


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The Contemporary Ukrainian Illustrators catalog was prepared by the following team: Experts Group: Pavlo Hudimov, publisher, gallerist, and manager of cultural projects; Yuliya Kozlovets, co-founder of Skvorechnik Child Development Center, curator of the children’s program of the International Book Arsenal literature and art festival; Vitaliy Mitchenko, merited art worker of Ukraine, professor of Graphic Arts Subdepartment of the Kyiv National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture; Aliona Solomadina, graphic designer; Valentyna Vzdulska, children’s writer, editor, and literary critic. Editors Group: Anastasiya Gerasimova, projeсt manager; Hanna Solovey, design and layout; Diana Klochko, author of introduction; Yuliya Bilous, texts and selection of information; Olha Martyniuk, texts and selection of information; Yuliya Kuzmenko, translation; Lily Hyde, editing; Anastasiya Levkova, editing; Maria Kovalchuk, editing.

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