Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin
Russian Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin was born in 1948, in Orekhovo-Zuevo, Russia. He studied at the Academy of Arts, then at Stroganov University in Moscow. Over the years he has developed his own unique style, combining the Russian artistic technique with the traditions of the Renaissance. Gennady Spirin is one of the best illustrators recognized in the world. His watercolor illustrations for children’s books have received numerous awards for his vision of fantastic worlds, they are stored in the public, private and corporate collections, including the Museum of fine arts in Milan (Italy), in the library at Princeton University (United States). Gennady Spirin lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three sons. Friends say: “his idols – two medieval Russian genius icon-painters, Andrei Rublev and Dutchman Pieter Bruegel“.
Spirin has created more than forty beautifully illustrated children’s books. For five of them he was awarded the Gold medal from the Society of illustrators in New York city. Four of his books got the prestigious “The Best Illustrated Book of the Year” award from New York Times. Illustrations by Gennady Spirin brought to life such outstanding authors as William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Perrault, Jonathan Swift, and many others.