Albín Brunovský


Portrait of Albin BrunovskyAlbín Brunovský (1935-1997) was a Czechoslovak and Slovak illustrator and painter. He started his career in art by working on stage set and poster design. He studied at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Bratislava from 1951 to 1956, specializing in graphic design. From 1956 to 1961 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava under professor Vincent Hložnik.


Illustration by BrunovskyBrunovský became professor Hložnik's assistant in 1963 and lectured at the Academy, Department of Graphic Art and Book Illustrations, from 1966 to 1990. In 1981 he was appointed a professor, creating his own engraving school several years later. Brunovský's work often mirrored that of the modern movement, citation art.


He was also the designer of the last series of Czechoslovak bank notes and designed several postage stamps. His illustrations were primarily for children's books.


Every two years the Biennal of Illustrations Bratislava is held. During this Biennal, the BIB Secretariat prepares the BIB International Symposium, as an accompanying event devoted to the most topical issues relating to the field of children's illustrated literature. At the same time, as part of the UNESCO mission towards the "third world", the UNESCO-BIB Albín Brunovský International Workshop (as an international seminar organized under the auspices of UNESCO) is held for illustrators from the developing countries.


1000 korun bank note from CzechoslovakiaThe workshop was first held in 1983 in cooperation with the UNESCO, the BIB Secretariat, and Bratislava‘s Academy of Fine Arts. The workshop is named after Albín Brunovský who, as the founder of what is known as the Slovakian Illustration School, lead the first years in person. During the years to follow, a number of other prominent Slovak illustrators took over the leadership of the UNESCO - BIB WORKSHOP, such as Karol Ondreička, Dušan Kállay, Martin Kellenberger, Peter Čisárik and Ľuboslav Paľo.


Participants in the UNESCO - BIB WorkshopThe workshops have always some special topic, are tied with a particular story, a particular book, or a motif (e.g. Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, The Fantastic Zoology, or the Myths of the Contemporary World, Traditional Things in a Non-traditional Manner, and An International Calligraphic Dictionary).


Workshops usually last one week, the venue is usually a Renaissance château in Moravany nad Váhom, Slovakia (some 80 kilometres north-east of Bratislava). The workshops that were held so far were attended by approximately one hundred artists from 44 countries; they have made more than 330 original illustrations during their workshop sessions.



Stamp catalogue


Slovakia                              18 December 1999









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