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Kadi Kurema

Biography

Kadi Kurema (1963) is an illustrator and printmaker who graduated in graphic arts from the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has illustrated 18 children’s books and collaborates regularly with the Estonian children’s literary magazine Täheke. Kurema has been awarded for her works in the 5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books competition. The artist’s illustrations, which are entrancing and packed with provoking ideas, mix etching with other techniques while using very little colour. The illustrations for this book received an award at the Tallinn Illustration Triennale 2020.

Profile photo: Piia Ruber

"The Cheshire Cat", 2020, ofort, ink, gouacheJaanus Vaiksoo. Three Autumns, 2017, ofort, ink, gouacheJaanus Vaiksoo. Three Autumns, 2017, ofort, ink, gouacheIndrek Koff. If I Were a Grandpa, 2020, ofort, aquatint, ink, watercolourIndrek Koff. If I Were a Grandpa, 2020, ofort, aquatint, ink, watercolourWerewolf, 2018, ofort, ink, gouacheSnow White, 2016, ofort, ink, gouacheLittle Red Riding Hood, 2017, ofort, ink, gouachePuss in Boots, 2016, ofort, ink, gouacheBluebeard, 2016, ofort, ink, gouacheTäheke magazine, 02/2017, cover, watercolour, drawing penImportant things, 2017, ink, gouacheDormouse, 2020, ofort, ink, gouacheTia Navi. A Little Love Story, 2018, ofort, ink, watercolour, gouacheTia Navi. A Little Love Story, 2018, ofort, ink, watercolour, gouache

Roosi and Liisu

Ketlin Priilinn

Tänapäev
2015, 155 pp
ISBN: 9789949276585
fiction, storybook

Scratchy the Cat

Tiia Selli

Tänapäev
2009, 179 pp
ISBN: 9789985628393
fiction, storybook

The Pocket Wizard

Mihkel Ulman

Elmatar
2007, 205 pp
ISBN: 9789949435104
fiction, storybook

A Fantastic Boy

Ira Lember

Koolibri
1997, 80 pp
ISBN: 9985004604
fiction, fantasy, storybook

24 Elf Stories

Svea Talving

Eesti Päevalehe Kirjastus
1995, 47 pp
fiction, storybook

A Fantastic Girl

Ira Lember

Koolibri
1994, 79 pp
ISBN: 9985001087
fiction, fantasy, storybook
2020
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Diploma
Annual International Contest ‘Image of the Book/Obraz knigi’, Moscow, laureate
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Indrek Koff. If I Were a Grandpa)

2018
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Tia Navi. A Little Love Story)

2017
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Jaanus Vaiksoo. Three Autumns)
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Diploma of the National Library of Estonia
The Knee-High Book Competition, 3rd place (Tia Navi. A Little Love Story)
Good Children’s Book (Jaanus Vaiksoo. Three Autumns)

2016
Good Children’s Book (Wimberg. Ahoy!)

2012
Oshima International Handmade Picture Book Contest, Japan, Bronze Prize
Solo exhibitions

More than 20 solo exhibitions

Selected group exhibitions


2020
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
Group exhibition of Estonian artists „Secret Lives III”, Warsaw, Płock, Kraków, Poland

2019
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “From the Mountains to the Sea”, Kraków, Rabka-Zdrój, Elbląg, Poland
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

2018
„Memento Mori“, 8th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius

2018–2020
Travelling exhibition of Baltic illustrators “Running with Wolves”, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland, Italy, Lithuania

2018–2020

Travelling exhibition of Estonian Leatherwork Artists’ Union, „I Was Juhan Viiding“, Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Keila, Haapsalu, Kuressaare (Under the name "Inland Speaches")

2018
Group exhibition of Estonian artists „Secret Lives II”, Skizza gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators „Tra ghiaccio e fuoco“, Rome, Pesco Sannita, Italy
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators „Masters of Estonian children’s books“/“Power of Pictures“, Krasnoarmeysk, Moscow, Russia

2017
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “A Window into the Fairy Tale World”, Haapsalu, Estonia
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Leafing Through Estonian Children’s Books I”, Moscow, Kolomna, Russia
"Art squared" exhibition of Alumni of Pärnu Art School, Pärnu Museum

2016
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre
Travelling exhibition of Estonian illustrators, “A Walk on the Path of Fairy Tale Together with Charles Perrault”, Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Mytishchi, Russia

2015–2020
International illustration exhibition, “It’s Always Tea-Time”, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn; Riga, Latvia; Uusikaupunki, Finland; Gdansk, Wrocław, Toruń, Elbląg, Poland; Berlin, Germany; Szczecin, Płock, Poland; Budapest, Hungary; Oxford, the United Kingdom; Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Mytishchi, Vyborg, St. Petesburg, Russia

2015–2020
Exhibition of Estonian Illustrators, “Once Upon a Time...” (Grimm’s Fairy Tales), Aosta, Anagni, Lagonegro, Bernalda-Metaponto, Corato, Matera, Roma, Lacco Ameno, Irsina, Siracusa, Sassari, Roma, Bologna, Italy; Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn; Minsk, Belarus; Kraków, Łomża, Białystok, Szczecin, Płock, Warszaw, Elbląg, Gdańsk, Opole, Poland; Budapest, Hungary

2015
„Error“, 7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius
Travelling exhibition of Estonian Graphic Art, „Olemisen äärellä“, Finland
Exhibition of Estonian Graphic Art „Wonder being“, Yerevan, Armenia
„Pärnu on a Picture“, Pärnu City Gallery

2013–2015
Exhibition by Estonian and Hungarian Illustrators, “Crisscross Stories”, Estonia, Hungary, the United Kingdom

2013
„Kohtumised/ Träffar“, NK-villa, Nyköping, Sweden
„To a Library From an Artist“, National Library of Estonia, Tallinn
„Paper Park“, Kastellaanimaja Gallery, Tallinn
Exhibition by Estonian illustrators, “Old Fairy Tales” (Brothers Grimm), Izhevsk, Russia