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Polish illustrators as recommended by Jan Pieńkowski

Posted on | October 28, 2010 | 3 Comments

In my interview earlier this week with Jan Pieńkowski he suggested some current Polish illustrators that we might enjoy here on Playing by the book. Today’s post includes a selection of their work – do let me know what you think!


Monika Hanulak (whose work Jan Pieńkowski described as modest and clever)

Copyright: Monika Hanulak

Copyright: Monika Hanulak

Monica doesn’t have a website of her own but here’s a link to a publishing house where you can see some of her work. I believe none of her books are yet available in English, but one book is available in French, and another in Italian.


Aleksandra Machowiak and Daniel Mizieliński

Copyright: Aleksandra Mizielińska, Daniel Mizieliński

Copyright: Aleksandra Mizielińska, Daniel Mizieliński

More of Aleksandra and Daniel’s work can be seen on their website and blog. Several of their books have been translated into other European languages: next week sees H.O.U.S.E published in the UK (click here for several images from this very interesting sounding book).

Copyright: Aleksandra Mizielińska, Daniel Mizieliński


Ola Cieślak

Copyright: Ola Cieślak

This is the front cover for “Hare”, a book inspired by Albrecht Durer which will be published in December 2010. Written by Grzegorz Kasdepke, illustrations by Ola Cieślak

Copyright: Ola Cieślak

An interior page of a counting book for small children written and illustrated by Ola Cieślak. You can see many more illustrations on Ola’s blog – here.


If you’d like to see more work by different Polish illustrators then there is this great blog – Polska ilustracja dla dzieci (Polish chidlren’s illustration)

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3 Responses to “Polish illustrators as recommended by Jan Pieńkowski”

  1. Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook
    October 29th, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    I very much like the restricted colours and almost lino-print quality of the Hanulak work.

  2. maggy, red ted art
    October 29th, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    Zoe, these look fabulous. I adore seeing books from other countries – they can feel so fresh and new! Thank you for a fabulous post!


  3. Zoe
    October 30th, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

    Thanks for your comments Susan and Maggy!

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