Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) was first held in 1967. It is the largest non-commercial event of its kind in the world, presenting the original works of books for children and youth in a competitive way.
The BIB International Jury awards 11 prizes – Grand Prix BIB, five BIB Golden Apples and five BIB Plaques. Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava is the most important event organized by BIBIANA, the International House of Art for Children. It is held every odd year in the autumn in Bratislava. The latest event in 2009, the 22nd year of BIB was attended by 344 authors from 37 countries with nearly 2500 illustrations.
The post stamp is a reproduced illustration from the book Tracy’s Tiger by a talented young Slovak artist Martina Matlovi?ová-Králová (24th Dec 1975), which won the previous Biennial BIB Golden Apple.
Martina Matlovi?ová-Králová studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in the Department of Animation. She, however, concentrates mostly on book illustrations, which earned her several awards. Perhaps thanks to her having studied animation that we can observe a stage design vision in her works. Her work is characterized by the use of combined techniques – painting is often supplemented by collage which completes the whole illustration compositionally.
Title: Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2011
Date of Issue: 2 September 2011
Denominations: 0.40 €