Adolf Born - Painter, graphic artist, illustrator

Adolf Born


Dattero d'Oro, Bordighera Italy
Palma d'Oro, Bordighera Italy
Ippocampo D'Oro, Vasto Italy
Gran Prix Szpilek, Krakow Poland
Cartoonist of the Year, Montreal Canada
Internationale Buchkunst, Leipzig Germany
International Saloon of Cartoons, Montreal Canada
Anima, Ceske Budejovice Czech Republik
1. prize for animated film, Bilbao Spain and Ottava Canada


Berlin, Praha, Stuttgart, Paris, Brussel, Geneve, Luzern, Zürich, Montreal, Davos, Ottava, Baden-Baden, München, Hannover, Konstanz, Tokio


Adolf Born was born on 12 June in 1930 in České 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 under the direction of 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 these 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 made him famous all over the world.