Rimantas Rolia

I leave a book about flowers and cats happy, with my hands covered in watercolours, and a book about devils – all sooty and grim. Illustrating books for children is an intoxicating activity! The most important thing is to let the imagination run free and never stop wondering. And the characters themselves choose the colours and style.

Born: April 26, 1970, Ignalina, Lithuania.
1986 – 1990 Kaunas Higher School of Art.
1991 – 1997 Graphic art studies, Vilnius Academy of Arts (MA).
Vilnius, Lithuania
Illustration, posters, digital graphics.
Solo exhibition, gallery “Akademija”, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1996.

Illustration exhibition, Bologna, Italy 1996.

Illustration exhibition “Figures Futur”, Paris, France, 1996.

Exhibition “21st Century Humanity in Nature”, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA, Kyoto, Japan, 2000.

5th Kyoto Illustration Biennial, Kyoto, Japan, 2002.

6th, Kyoto Illustration Biennial, Kyoto, Japan, 2004.

7th, Kyoto Illustration Biennial, Kyoto, Japan, 2006.

4th Illustration Biennial “Ilustrarte’09”, Lisbon, Portugal, 2010.

9th, Kyoto Illustration Biennial, Kyoto, Japan, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2010.

Illustrarium: Contemporary Lithuanian Children’s Book Illustration“, Bologna children’s book fair, Italy, 2011.

Travelling exhibition “Contemporary Lithuanian Children’s Book Illustration“, Italy, USA, Belgium, Luxembourg, 2013.

Illustrators Exhibition
of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, 2014.
2000 Prize of the Kyoto International Cartoonist Congress.

2002 and 2004 Special jury prizes, 5th and 6th Kyoto Illustration Biennials.

2009 Premium of the Most Beautiful Lithuanian Books Competition for the book “Mauliukas”, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2012 Premium of the Most Beautiful Lithuanian Books Competition for the book “Winter frolics”, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2013 Tallinn Illustrations Triennial Grand Prix.

Žiemos išdaigos (Winter frolics): [poems and fairy-tales], Vilnius: Alma littera, 2012.

Mauliukas: [fairy-tale in verse], Martynas Vainilaitis, Vilnius: Kronta, 2009.

Juokų maišelis (A Bag of Laughs): [poems], Martynas Vainilaitis, Vilnius: Kronta, 2006.

Aukso karietaitė (A Little Golden Carriage): [poems], Sigitas Geda, Vilnius: Kronta, 2006.

Strazdelio dainos (Songs of Little Thrush): [poems], Sigitas Geda, Vilnius: Kronta, 2005.

Užsispyręs drambliukas (A Stubborn Little Elephant): [African fairy-tale for children], Vilnius: Alma littera, 2004.

The Hutchinson Book of Cat Tales: [fairy-tales], Shirley Isherwood, London: Random House, 2004.

Hoot and Holler: [fairy-tale], Alan Brown, London: Random House, 2001; New York: Alfred Knopf, 2001, Seoul: Dong-a, 2003.

Nesėkminga Dusiko diena (An Unfortunate Day for Dusik): [short stories], Rimantas Rolia, Kaunas: Šviesa, 1997.