Rimtautas GIBAVIČIUS

Born in Kaunas in 1935, he died in Vilnius in 1993. He graduated from the Lithuanian State Art Institute in 1960 with a diploma in graphic art. He taught as a professor at the institute from 1962. He was active in many fields: engraving, posters, murals, costume design, theatre sets and book illustrating. Gibavičius was one of the most distinctive and influential Lithuanian artists in the 1960s and 1970s. He was awarded various prizes for his book designs and illustrations in Lithuania and the Soviet Union. He began to illustrate children’s books in the 1960s, and illustrated four books by Lithuanian writers. He attempted to reform the whole principle of the design and illustration of children’s books.