Erika Bornová & Lucie Dvořáková
This significant Czech illustrator of children’s books graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. From the beginning of her professional career she has worked with established publishers such as Albatros and Mladá fronta, and she collaborates with the Anima studio and Česká televise (Czech Television). As an illustrator she has produced more than two dozen children’s books, which include bestsellers such as Staré řecké báje a pověsti (Old Greek Myths and Legends), for which she won the annual prize of the Albatros publishing house. She received the Zlatá stuha (Gold Ribbon) awards for illustration four times, i.e. in 1995, 1996, 2003 and 2007. In addition to artistic creation, she also has education experience in teaching children.
This sculptor and illustrator graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1983-1988). In her sculpting works she mostly pursues figurative themes. She is the only artist in the Czech Republic who works with exceptional and unconventional material – her objects are created from fragile polystyrene which the author elaborates into fine details, leaves it in its natural form or dyes and complements it with, for example, feathers. Erika Bornová occupies a significant position on the Czech sculpting scene for which we could use the phrase “magical realism”. She has participated in foreign symposia, many sculpting shows and projects. In her illustration works she enjoyed success primarily as the court illustrator of numerous books by Halina Pawlowská.