Adolf Born

Adolf Born

1930 – 2016

was born on 12 June in 1930 in the town of Ceske Velenice on the Czech-Austrian border. In 1935 the family moved to Prague.
During 1950-55 he studied at the school of Applied Art in Prague Department of Caricature and Newspaper Drawing, headed by Prof. A. Pelc.
He first became known to the public as a cartoonist. He published his humorous drawings in all the important magazines and participated in group exhibitions and caricature exhibitions, from some of which he brought back prestigious awards. In 1974 he was proclaimed “The Cartoonist of the Year” in Montreal, Canada.
After censorship prohibited the publishing of his cartoons in 1973, he devoted more of his time to animated films, book illustrations and graphics. He merged graphics with cartoons and so he arrived at a new artistic expression. His cosmopolitan humour, his selection of topics rooted in the history of his country (Austro-Hungarian monarchy or the Rudolfinian period) and finally his special world of animals make him famous all over the world.