Marija LADIGAITĖ-VILDŽIŪNIENĖ

Born on the Gulbinėnai estate in the Pasvalys district in 1931, she lives in Vilnius. She studied graphic art at the Moscow Institute of Printing in 1960, and has illustrated children’s books since 1957. She has been a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union since 1961, and participated in art exhibitions since 1962. Her children’s book illustrations have been shown in Lithuania, Russia and Estonia, at the Bratislava Children’s Book Illustration Biennial in 1967, and at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 1968 and 1969. She has illustrated 16 books by Lithuanian writers. In the 1960s, she was considered an innovative artist.