Biography

Gennay Spirin was born in the small town of Orekhovo-Zuyevo, near Moscow, on December 25, 1948. His artistic talent was identified at an early age. He graduated from Surikov School of Fine Art at the Academy of Arts in Moscow, and Moscow Stroganov Institute of Art. He developed his own unique style, combined Russian art tradition with a masterful watercolor technique. In all Spirin’s work, his sense of design and artistic skill elevate his children’s book illustration to a new level of fine art.

Spirin has created more than 40 beautifully illustrated children’s books. Five of his books have been awarded the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York City. Four of his books have received the prestigious “The Best Illustrated Book of the Year” award from the New York Times. One of his most recent books, A Apple Pie, was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review this past November: “He draws like a whiz, understands Kate Greenaway and children… he always gives his audience a great deal to look at on each page.”

Spirin’s paintings have brought to life such classic authors as William Shakespeare, Anton Checkhov, and Leo Tolstoy. The artist has also been commissioned to illustrate children’s books written by such modern celebrities as Madonna and Julie Andrews.

Original paintings from Spirin’s storybooks are in permanent collections of Princeton University Library’s Graphic Arts Collection as well as many private and corporate art collections around the world.

Gennady Spirin now lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey and may be commissioned for the following work:

  • Custom-created Murals
  • Portraits
  • Landscapes
  • Private Homes
  • Limed Edition Prints