Boris Diodorov, winner of the 2018 Presidential Prize for Writing and Art for Children and Young People
The prize has been awarded for his significant contribution to the development of Russian and global illustration art.
Boris Diodorov is a skilled master of art and worldwide renowned book illustrator who has devoted his life to children’s books. He has illustrated over 300 books with many of them later becoming artistic benchmarks for illustrations by Hans Christian Andersen, Alan Milne, Sergei Aksakov, Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy, and various Russian folk tales. Diodorov is an extraordinary teacher who has educated generations of talented students. Even in light of his upcoming 85th birthday, this tireless educator and founder of The Road to Pushkin museum is full of creative plans.
Sergei Kazarnovsky, winner of the 2018 Presidential Prize for Writing and Art for Children and Young People
The prize has been awarded for the development and implementation of the Theatre as the Foundation of Humanitarian Education concept.
Sergey Kazarnovsky is the director of the Klass-Centre school and Honoured Teacher of the Russian Federation. Founded in 1990, the Klass-Centre is a unique educational institution, a community of like-minded people that brings general and creative subjects together to form a single system for understanding the world. The combination of intellectual and emotional development and the collaboration between teachers and students allows developing personalities that are open to the world, that can see beauty and create it. This school has won many prizes at various festivals and competitions, and its concept can become a universal model for modern education.
Francheska Yarbusova, winner of the 2018 Presidential Prize for Writing and Art for Children and Young People
The prize has been awarded for her significant contribution to the development of Russian and global animation art.
Francheska Yarbusova dedicated more than 50 years of her life to animation. The list of her works includes Lefty by Ivan Ivanov-Vano; A Little Locomotive from Romashkovo by Vladimir Degtyarev; How One Man Fed Two Generals, A White Skin and The Boy and The Ball by Vladimir Danilevich; The Fox And The Hare, Hedgehog in the Fog and Tale of Tales by Yury Norstein. Yarbusova’s unique graphic style has allowed her to create an extraordinary universe of poetic, deep and expressive images, ranging among well-known masterpieces of not only Russian, but also global animation.