Igor Oleynikov is a Russian children’s books illustrator born 1953. Like Sven Nordqvist he didn’t studied at art school but graduated instead the Institute of Chemical Engineering in Moscow. However, his destiny put him on the path of the animation, when in 1979 he started working for the Russian animation studio “Союзмультфильм” as an assistant-illustrator. A few years later he tried his talent in the book publishing, which gradually turned to his solely job and until nowadays he has illustrated an impressive number of children’s books published all over the world.
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