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Květa Pacovská was born on 28 July 1928 in Prague. Her father was an opera singer, her mother a language teacher. Ever since childhood, she enjoyed creating beautiful things, thus showing her talent for arts. Her dad died during World War II and she was forced to leave high school. In 1945 she began studying a graphics school and already in 1947 was admitted to the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Here, under the tutelage of Emil Filla, she focused on monumental painting. Květa graduated in 1952 and soon after gave birth to two sons whom she has with the designer Milan Grygar. She started making a living as a children’s books illustrator. Her unmistakable creative style was initially rejected as overly progressive but over time she had built a unique reputation among the arts world. Apart from illustration she also produced paintings, graphic works and sculptures. In 1983 she was awarded the Golden Apple at the Illustration Biennale in Bratislava which enabled her to organize an independent exhibition. Here she got discovered by a German publisher for whom she then created a series of books on numbers, colors, shapes and the alphabet which won acclaim in many countries. After the Velvet Revolution she has received more exhibition opportunities and also taught at arts schools in Berlin and England. In 1992 Květa Pacovská was awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. Up to now she goes to her Prague studio every day to work.