Adolf Born

Adolf Born was born on 12 June in 1930 in the town of Ceske Velenice on the Czech-Austrian border. His father worked as a railman. In the first years of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia under the German occupation, his family moved to Prague. During 1949-1950, Born studied Visual Art Education at the Pedagogical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague. In 1962, he married a young lady Ema and two years later their daughter, Erika, was born.

Since the 1960s his works have been exhibited all over the world. In 1977, Born was awarded a prestigious Grand Prix prize in Montreal. It should, however, be mentioned that Adolf Born has become famous both at home and abroad also thanks to many animated films created together with the Macourek – Born – Doubrava team. For over twenty years Born’s creations published on the pages of many Czech and Slovak newspapers and magazines have enriched our daily lives. Among other prizes, Born became the Best Caricature Artist of the Year 1974. Born is well known for his persistent use of black humor. His famous series called “Bornography” scrutinised everyday relationship between men and women from the late 50s until the 70s. Born’s experiences gained through travelling, and admiration for historic personalities, characters from literature and mythological heroes have provided constant inspirations for his artistic ideas and concepts. Born has also drawn from his memories of the old Prague markets and the theatre scene. Adolf Born has illustrated over 230 publications and numerous book covers.


Author: James Presley

I am an artist and I love it. What do I have to do to live from what I love? I'm not dying or cutting me bloody ear off, that's for sure.

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