Bronius LEONAVIČIUS

Born in Vištytis in 1933, he lives in Vilnius. He graduated from the Kaunas School for Applied Arts in 1959. Between 1961 and 1969 he worked as an artist for Banga, the first fashion magazine, and later as a senior artist for Vaga, Mokslas and Vyturys publishers. He initiated and organised Vilnius book art triennials. In 1985, he improved his skills at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek children’s library in Munich. At the end of the 1980s, he became involved in activities for the renewal of cultural policy. From 1987 to 1992 he headed the Lithuanian Artists’ Union, and in 1995 he was one of the founders of the Centre for the Graphic Arts in Vilnius. He designs mostly books for adults and academic publications, and has illustrated seven children’s books. In 1971 he received a bronze medal for his illustrations to Kazys Jakubėnas’ collection of poems Abėcėlė (The Alphabet) at the Leipzig Book Art Exhibition. His son Šarūnas is a graphic artist who works mostly on children’s books.