Mirko Hanák

Mirko Hanák (26 June 1921 in Martin — 4 November 1971 in Prague) was a Czech painter, graphic artist, and illustrator who became famous mainly for his distinctive illustrations and lithographs with natural themes. The theme of his drawings and prints were often wild animals coming from the Czech countryside. He first studied visual arts in Zlín after World War II, then at the Academy of Arts in Prague. He was also an illustrator of a series of fictional works with themes of the natural environment, the author or co-author of calendars, posters, and other single-purpose prints. During World War Two, he was forced into the Nazi Labour Camps after two years of college. He was sent with a friend, and they escaped together in 1944. After the War, he went back to college in Prague, where he studied Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. It was after his parents moved that he started to paint nature. This would lead him to designing books, where he would win multiple awards. He was inspired by the animals, and published his five books of his drawings in the early 1950s.

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