Albina MAKŪNAITĖ

Born in the village of Padainupis in the Kaunas district in 1926, she died in Vilnius in 2001. She graduated from the Kaunas Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts in 1950. She made engravings, designed book covers and made illustrations. Between 1948 and 1998, she illustrated about 50 children’s books, most of them by Lithuanian writers. At the end of the 1950s, she was one of the most famous children’s book illustrators. Aldona Liobytė’s 1959 book Saulės vaduotojas (The Sun’s Liberator), based on a Lithuanian fairy tale, came out in 11 editions, in Lithuanian, Georgian, English, Russian, Spanish, Farsi and Swahili. The artist’s illustrations for the book were shown in the Soviet pavilion at the 31st Venice Biennial. Makūnaitė was awarded a gold medal for the design of the folk tale collection Gulbė karaliaus pati (The Swan Wife of the King) at the Moscow Book Fair in 1963. She won a diploma at the Leipzig Book Fair in 1965. Makūnaitė is considered one of the most distinguished representatives of National Modernism, which opposed Socialist Realism.