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Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver’s Travels. Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin

Born in 1948, in Orekhovo-Zuevo, Russian Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin studied at the Academy of Arts, and then at Stroganov University in Moscow. Noteworthy, over the years he has developed his own unique style, combining the Russian artistic technique with the traditions of the Renaissance. Undoubtedly, 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. Most of his works are in the public, private and corporate collections, including the Museum of fine arts in Milan (Italy), and the library at Princeton University (United States). Currently, 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“.

Grey wolf and Ivan Tsarevich. Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin

Gray wolf and Ivan Tsarevich. Illustration by Gennady Spirin

In all, Spirin has created more than forty beautifully illustrated children’s books. And for five of them he received the Gold medal from the Society of illustrators in New York city. Besides, 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.

Book Illustrator Gennady Spirin