Kastytis SKROMANAS

Born in Kaunas in 1943, he now lives in Grybauliai in the Varėna district. He graduated from the Lithuanian State Art Institute in 1966 with a diploma in graphic art. He has painted pictures and created sculptures, but his main activity is book design: he has illustrated and designed over 500 books, 12 of them children’s books. In the 1960s he successfully combined drawing with photography in illustrating children’s books, thus expanding the range of means of expression used by Lithuanian artists. In illustrating the 1970 book Senio pasakos (An Old Man’s Tales) by Pranas Mašiotas, a classic 20th-century Lithuanian children’s writer, he employed the style of animated puppet films, which was a ground-breaking move in Lithuania at that time.