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Peter Sís

About Peter Sís

Peter Sís is the 2012 winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award. His books include The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, Tibet Through the Red Box, and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei.

Studio Views: Tiny Pieces of Paint

I grew up behind the Iron Curtain. There was a shortage of everything (freedom most of all) — and only one kind of paper, one kind of ink, one kind of paint. I was one happy artist when I became an illustrator in the U.S.A. So many materials! I settled on oil pastels, which I […]

Three Mentors

I was illustrating before I knew what illustrating means. And I knew Hans Christian Andersen stories before I knew who he was. I was always drawing because I was a child growing up in the age before television, computers, and iPhones. I did not know anything about the size of my country or the politics […]