Wladimir Fuka Willy Rottier Wladimir Fuka was born in Pisek, Czechoslovakia, in 1924. He studied graphic techniques at the State School of Graphic Arts and Crafts and painting at the Art Academy in Prague. Since 1945 he has been a successful book illustrator and designer and has also worked as a painter and sculptor. He has illustrated and designed over 200 books, mostly by contemporary authors. His works have been represented in exhibitions in Western Europe and America as well as in Prague. He has been awarded the first prize for the 'handsomest book of the year' in Czechoslovakia on five occasions. His own books (The Seventh Heaven, Chil dren's Encyclopaedia, Imaginary Portraits, April Ideas) have been particu larly successful. He now works in West Germany and the United States. Editor Wladimir Fuka, geboren 1924 in Pisek, Tschechoslowakei, studierte graphische Techniken an der Staatlichen Graphischen Fachschule und Malerei an der Kunst- akademie in Prag. Seit 1945 betatigt er sich als erfolgreicher Buchillustrator und Buchgestalter, daneben als freier Maler und Plastiker. Er hat über 200 Werke meist zeitgenössischer Autoren illustriert und ausgestattet. Seine Arbeiten wurden in Prag und auch auf westeuropaischen und amerikanischen Buchausstellungen gezeigt. Fiinfmal erhielt Fuka den ersten Preis für das »Schönste Buch des Jahres« in der Tschechoslowakei. Besonderen Erfolg hatte er mit seinen eigenen Büchern Im siebten Himmel, Enzyklopadie für Kinder, Das imaginare Portrait, Ideen des April. Lebt in Westdeutschland und USA. Redaktion Wladimir Fuka, né a Pisek, en Tchécoslovaquie, en 1924, étudia les techniques graphiques a l'Ecole technique de l'Etat, et la peinture a 1'Académie des beaux-arts de Prague. Depuis 1945, il se consacre avec beaucoup de succès a la conception et a l'illustration de livres, tout en restant peintre et sculpteur. On lui doit la maquette et les illustrations de plus de 200 ouvrages d'auteurs contemporains pour la plupart. Ses oeuvres ont été exposées a Prague ainsi que dans différentes expositions de livres d'Europe occidentale et d'Amérique. En Tchécoslovaquie, Fuka a remporté cinq fois le ier prix du «Plus beau livre de l'année». Ses plus grands succès sont les ouvrages dont il est lui-même l'auteur (Au septième ciel, Encyclo pédie POUR ENFANTS, Le PORTRAIT IMAGINAIRE, LeS IDÉÉS DU MOIS d'avRIL). Fuka vit en Allemagne occidentale et aux Etats-Unis. Rédaction 1) Illustration from a book of poems by Wladimir Holan, published by Mlada Fronta, 1965. 2) 3) Illustrations from a work by A. de Saint-Exupéry, published by Mlada Fronta, 1962. 1) Illustration zu Gedichten von Wladimir Holan, Verlag Mlada Fronta, Prag, 1965. 2) 3) Illustration zu Nachtflug von Saint-Exupéry, Verlag Mlada Fronta, Prag, 1962. 1) Illustration d'un poème de Wladimir Holan, Editions Mlada Fronta, Prague, 1965. 2) 3) Illustration de Vol de nuit de Saint-Exupéry, Editions Mlada Fronta, Prague, 1962. The future art historian who looks back over the graphic des.i of the mid-twentieth century will perhaps point out a fact of whb we are only marginally aware that the resumption of artistic actiyy after the Second World War was attended by different circumstan's in the various countries of Europe and led to disparate developmet While in the industrial lands of Western and Central Europe |e creative forces not absorbed by painting and sculpture found expij- sion in advertising art and industrial design, the leading talentsn Scandinavia turned to the crafts, while in Eastern Europe e emphasis was placed on a category of free graphic art extendg from book illustration through the film and theatre poster to st.'e design. One of the most eminent representatives of this specific;^ Eastern European art is the Czech Wladimir Fuka. By training he a lithographer and graphic artist and since 1945 has devoted himjf mainly to book art. At all times,, however, he has also been a pair'r and sculptor with one foot in the territory of the fine arts, and ;s artistic personality suggests that he might well in the end move o r to fine art altogether. His chosen sphere up to the present, thatff book illustration, is typical of Eastern Europe. While in the West1 impersonal type of illustration, subservient to the text, stands bes'e the bibliophile engravings of leading artists accompanying grt works of literature, in the East a more experimental brand of ill tration, often leading far from the text, is in vogue. It offers scope r 1 14

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