Aspazija SURGAILIENĖ

Born in Tauragė in 1928, she died in Vilnius in 2011. She gained a diploma in graphic art from the Lithuanian State Art Institute in 1958. She has illustrated children’s books since 1960. Her illustrations for Kostas Kubilinskas’ 1960 poem for children “Untulis ir mėnulis” about outer space showed new tendencies in the field of children’s book illustration. In 1961, she won a bronze medal at the Moscow Exhibition of Economic Achievements for her collection of small books Pasakų skrynelė (The Chest of Fairy Tales). In the late 1960s, her individual style, based on stylised folk art, became more apparent. She has illustrated about 70 books, most of them folk tales or literary versions of them.