Kestutis Kasparavicius

Artist (Lithuania)
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Kestutis Kasparavicius is an author and illustrator of over 50 children’s books published all over the world. Kestutis’ books were translated into 22 different languages such as Chinese, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Korean, and others. His illustrations have earned numerous awards, including the Children Literature 'Atrapallibres' Award by the Catalan Council for Children's and Young Adults' Books, the Golden Pen de Belgrado, Illustrator of the Year at the Children’s book fair in Bologna, and the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition Award for Excellence.

Kestutis is known for his short feel-good stories about various comic characters. Bears, pigs, rabbits, and turtles find themselves trapped in puzzling and challenging situations. Kestutis’ watercolor illustrations are extremely detailed that draws-in children’s attention. Flying rabbits and talking strawberries unleash children’s creativity and confidence development. The artwork is colorful and bright. Even the smallest children who don’t know yet how to read usually find the books engaging and entertaining. The adults, on the other hand, are pleased with Kestutis’ refreshing humor and trademark wit.

Kestutis Kasparavicius was born in 1954 at Aukstadvaris, Lithuania. His parents who were teachers sent him to the capital city Vilnius to study choir conducting at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art (1962ñ1972). Kestutis transitioned from music to visual arts and worked on his Bachelor's and Masterís degrees in graphic design at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts (1972 - 1981). He started as a graphic designer at a publishing house where his talent for illustrating was noticed. In 1984, Kestutis was published his first book, and the rest is history.

Kestutis has four children and a grandson. He lives in Vilnius, Lithuania.