Gennady Spirin

Life Dates:
b. 1948
Artist Biography:
Gennady Spirin is a contemporary Russian artist who has created more than 40 children's illustrated books, many of them awarded with highly prestigious recognition. Kathy Viksjo of the New York Times writes, “He incorporates Raphael's rich colors- deep gold, blue, and crimson reds- together with the Italian master's classical compositions, into many of his illustrations. The microscopic precision of his super-realism recalls Flemish great Jan Van Eyck, while Spirin's unbelievable graphic facility is like that of German Renaissance artist Albert Durer... Even at first glance, viewers intuitively know that this is one of the masters of our time...Spirin is like a magician, using his paint brush as a wand.”