Adolf Born

Adolf Born

1930 - 2016

He studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and also at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under the guidance of prof. Antonín Pelc.


Adolf Born is a graphic artist, designer and caricaturist. His work, given up to both children and adults, is focused on graphic, especially lithography, etching and illustration. He draws inspiration from his own impressions from journeys, admiration for historical and literary characters, mythological heroes, impressions from theater performances or just from memories at old Prague voyages and carnivals. He started to create multicolored litho around 1964. Before this time, he was devoted to wood engraving or black-and-white and colourful linocut. Adolf Born has illustrated more than 200 books and countless front covers.  The most famous titles from Czech collection of books are Mach a Šebestová (Mach and Šebestová, Miloš Macourek), Kytice (A Bouquet of Folk Legends, Jaromír Erben), Jablko je vinno (Miroslav Horníček), Válka s Mloky (War with the Newts , Karel Čapek) or Jak jsem potkal ryby (Ota Pavel) and many others. With a great pleasure, he has also illustrated some books of world literature, such as Život a zvláštní podivná dobrodružství Robinsona Crusoa, námořníka z Yorku (The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner; Daniel Defoe), Muž s dýmkou a houslemi (from English original books called The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes and His Last Bow; Arthur Conan Doyle) or Pipi Dlouhá Punčocha (Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren).  

As an artist, he takes part in genesis of animated films – the most popular ones are for example series Mach and Šebestová (Mach and Šebestová), films like Nesmysl (The Nonsence),  Hugo and Bobo (Hugo and Bobo), Mindrák (Hang-up) , Servis (The Servise) and a feature puppet film Dobrodružství Robinsona Crusoa, námořníka z Yorku (Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, a Sailor from York). He has organized immense number of solo and collective exhibitions. He is a member of SČUG Hollar (Hollar, The Association of Czech graphics). For his art, he has received many of Czech and European prizes. In Montreal, he was awarded as The Caricaturist of the Year (1974).