Friday, May 11, 2007

Happy Birthday to Peter Sis

Peter Sis was born on this day in 1949 in Czechoslovakia. He attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 he traveled to Los Angeles to work on a film project about the Olympic Games. When Eastern block countries decided to boycott the games, Peter was called home, but did not return. He was granted asylum and began his new life in the US.

I am a great fan of the work of Peter Sis. I absolutely adore The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin, an amazingly beautiful and different look at the life of Charles Darwin. I continue to be captivated with the story and illustrations in Tibet: Through the Red Box. You can view an animated excerpt of this amazing work on Peter's web site.

Peter was recognized for his inspired and unique work with a much deserved MacArthur Fellowship in 2003. “The MacArthur Fellows Program is designed to emphasize the importance of the creative individual in society. Fellows are selected for the originality and creativity of their work and the potential to do more in the future.”

Please head on over to Peter's site and check out his amazing body of work. While you're there, think happy thoughts and send a mental greeting his way. Happy birthday, Peter!

1 comment:

  1. I had no idea he was a MacArthur fellow. Excellent. Love his work.