Jurga Šarmavičiūtė

I like books and therefore I feel great pleasure when I’m contributing to their birth. I’m mostly asked by publishers to create the “outerwear” for books, that is, the covers. I have “made” them for adults, children and teens. I always do my best to make drawings for children look cheerful, a bit mysterious and somewhat funny.

Born: November 1, 1975, Šilute, Lithuania.
1994 – 1998 BA in Visual Communications Design, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Kaunas Art Institute Department of Visual Design (Klaipeda).
1998 – 2000 BA in Graphic Art, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Faculty of Visual Art.
1998 – 2005 MA in Graphic Art and Applied Graphic Art, Vilnius Academy of Arts.
2001 – present Freelance artist and illustrator.
2007 – present Associated with the creative studio “You Can Create a Book”.
Vilnius, Lithuania

Illustration, graphic design.

Solo graphic art exhibition, F. Bajoraitis’ Public Library, Šilute, 1999.

Graphic art exhibition “Talking Metal”, gallery “Kairė-Dešinė”, Vilnius, 2000.

4th International Mini Print Triennial, gallery “Arka”, Vilnius, 2001.

Drawing exhibition “A Point of View”, gallery “Kairė-Dešinė”, Vilnius, 2003.

Illustrarium: Contemporary Lithuanian Children’s Book Illustration“, Bologna children’s book fair, Italy, 2011.
2008 IBBY Lithuanian Section Award for the most artistic illustrations of the book Therapeutic Fairy-tales (Terapinės pasakos), Vilnius, Lithuania.
Kai surasi mane (When You Reach Me): [novel], Rebecca Stead, Vilnius: Alma littera, 2011.

Lithuanian Dreams: [souvenir – table game], Vilnius: Lithuanian Institute, 2009.

Lietuvos gamta (Lithuanian Nature): [from the series “The Library of a Primary School Pupil”], Zigmantas Gudžinskas, Vilnius: Alma littera, 2008.

Riešutas (The Nut): [math textbook for 1st grade], joint authorship, Kaunas: Šviesa, 2008.

Terapinės pasakos (Therapeutic Fairy-tales), Maria Molicka, Vilnius: Vaga, 2007.

Pasaka apie Rokį ir rožes (A Tale of Rokis and Roses): [fairy-tales], Vilnius: Sodo spalvos, 2006.

Children’s magazine Bitutė (The Bee) logo and illustrations, Vilnius: Katalikų pasaulis, 2002–2005.