Taida BALČIŪNIENĖ

Born in 1925 in Kaunas, where she still lives. She graduated from the Kaunas Institute of Applied and Decorative Art in 1951 with a diploma in architecture. She has been a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union since 1961, and has participated in exhibitions since 1963. She has brought up nine children. Her eldest daughter Taida Balčiūnaitė and her granddaughter Sigutė Chlebinskaitė also work as book illustrators. She was one of the most popular children’s book illustrators in the 1960s and 1970s, making illustrations for short stories and poetry, and illustrating textbooks for primary schools. In the 1970s, Progress Publishers in Moscow published books in English and Russian illustrated by her.