Illustrator Boris Diodorov
Boris Arkadievich Diodorov – People’s Artist of Russia, professor of Moscow State University of Printing, one of the outstanding Russian children’s book illustrators whose works are remembered for a lifetime. His illustrations of Andersen’s fairy tales are loved by children in many countries. In 2001, Boris Diodorov got the Grand Prix of Hans Christian Andersen from the hands of Princess of Denmark. In 2000 he was nominated for the Gold Medal of Andersen, in 2001 won the Grand Prix of Andersen in Odense, in 2002 was awarded an honorary diploma on Andersen’s 50-year anniversary. In 2003 he became president of the fund of Andersen in Russia. In 2005, in Denmark he was granted the honorary title of “Ambassador of Andersen in Russia”.
Boris Arkadievich Diodorov was born in 1934 in Moscow. In 1960 he graduated from Moscow State Art Institute named after Surikov. Diodorov is the People’s Artist of Russia, Member of the Union of Artists of Russia, Professor, Head of Department (2003-2006), head of the creative workshop of illustrations and prints (2006-2013) of the Faculty of Graphic Arts (from 2013 Institute of graphics and art books), artistic director of the center of the art of printing “Printing House of Ivan Fedorov” (2013) of Moscow state University named after Ivan Fyodorov.
Since 1958, the artist was envolved in book illustrations. He is fluent in the unique technique of etching with aquatint and watercolor. For more than 50 years Boris Diodorov has illustrated more than 300 books, including works of H.C. Andersen, S. Lagerlof, S.T. Aksakov, Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy and others.
Boris Diodorov is the participant and winner of the All-Union, national and international exhibitions. Solo exhibitions were held in Russia, France, Germany, USA, Denmark, Japan, Finland.
Boris Diodorov worked as chief designer of the publishing house “Children’s Literature”, works with publishers in Russia, USA, France, Spain, the Republic of Korea and other countries. His works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin, the Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava) and other public and private collections in Russia and abroad.