Biography of Quint Buchholz (1957-VVVV)

Painter and German artist born in Stolberg (Rhineland-Palatinate) in 1957. It is one of the world most prestigious children's books illustrators.

Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Stuttgart, where he/she grew up and was educated Buchholz. He/She began to paint at the age of sixteen, animated by his older brothers, and, according to his own words, "because with the drawings could express things that could not speak". In 1976 he/she entered the University to study art history. Later, between 1982 and 1986, he/she studied painting and graphic arts at the Academy of fine arts in Munich. He/She undertook his professional career as an Illustrator at the age of twenty-three. He/She first worked in different photography studios and subsequently became an Illustrator in the popular scientific magazine PM.

In 1988 he/she began to illustrate books for children and youth. Among them: Matti und der Großvater (of Roberto Piumini, 1994); Nero Corleone (Elke Heidenreich, 1997); Schere, Stein, Papier (of Patricia MacLachlan, 1997), or Am Südpol denkt man, ist is heiss (of E. Heidenreich, 1998).

It is also the author and Illustrator of several children's and youth, stories as Schlaf Schön, kleiner Bar (sleep well, Teddy bear; 1994) and Der Sammler der Augenblicke (the collector of moments; 1999), translated into many languages. With this last has established as one of the major authors and illustrators of children's literature from around the world.

In 1998, forty-six writers from different countries (including nine Spaniards), wrote stories inspired by drawings of Buchholz. This resulted in the publication of the book of books. Stories about images, which traces the journey of a book around the planet, picking up landscapes, characters and experiences.

According to Buchholz, his illustrations intends to allow open and not tax interpretation of the text, that the lector-espectador gives the possibility of exercising their imagination freely. His drawings are very retailers (and, in that sense, realistic) and invite those who watch lost on them, offering a kaleidoscopic vision of reality. Buchholz uses lots of sketches and photographs to make your artwork. On a basis of ink, it applies colors, shadows and the nuances in different layers before giving the final touch with ink or felt-tip pens.

Quint Buchholz is also a celebrated illustrator of book covers. His illustration for the cover of the world of Sofia, Jostein Gaarder (1993), has become world famous. Some authors whose work has done the cover illustration are: Michel Tournier, Eric Silver, Gila Almagor, Mats Wahl, David Grossman, Benjamín Prado, Susan Sontag, Milan Kundera, Martin Walser, T.C. Boyle or Ersnt Jandl, among others. In addition, it has drawn numerous posters and posters.

His work has earned numerous awards — including that of the city of Augsburg (1995), the Bratislava Biennale (1991), the Bologna Ragazzi (1998) or the Mildred L. Batchfelder Award from the American Library Association (2000). It has also been on several occasions candidate for the national award for children's literature in Germany.

He currently lives with his wife and three children in Ottobrunn, on the outskirts of Munich, and has a Studio in the Munich District of Haidhausen.

Links on the Internet

http://www.goethe.de/os/hon/bow/enbuch.htm; contains biographies and illustrations of the author; In English. http://www.stuttgart.de/chilias/kunst/reporter/buchholz/reporter.html; contains biographies and illustrations of the author; in German.