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New illustration exhibitions opened during literary festival Head Read

Estonian Children’s Literature Centre has opened two new solo exhibitions by Ukanian illustraator Oksana Drachkovska and Spanish artist Paco Roca, which are displayed at the centre until 3rd of June 2023.

Illustrator Oksana Drachkovska (1987) graduated from Lviv State Academy of Arts, majoring in painting. During her career, she has collaborated with many publishing houses and magazines, and has also created commercial illustrations for companies around the world. In 2016, she received scholarships from Gaude Polonia (Poland) and SAIA (Slovakia). In 2020, her illustrated book “The Unjumping Bunny and His Brave Mother” won the best literature award at the Lviv Book Fair in the category of books for children aged 6-8 years. In 2021, 2022 and 2023, she was a finalist in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair illustration competition.

Oksana’s biggest source of inspiration is nature, landscapes and travels. Most of all, she likes to work with books that have a poetic mood and play with metaform. Drachkovska’s personal exhibition can be viewed at the centre’s illustration gallery.

At the staircase gallery of the Children’s Literature Centre a solo exhibition by Spanish artist Paco Roca (1969) can be viewed. Roca studied at the Valencia School of Art and Design and works mainly in the field of comics art. Roca’s comics have been translated into many languages ​​and he has received numerous awards in Spain and abroad. As an illustrator, he has contributed to the newspapers El País, Il Corriere Della Sera, etc., as well as to the NGOs Greenpeace, Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, etc.

At the exhibition, you can see a selection of Paco Roca’s comics, which were created for Guillermo Corral Van Damme’s graphic novel “Black Swan Treasure”, recently published in Estonian by the publishing house Varrak.

The exhibitions will remain open until June 3 and can be visited during the opening hours of the centre Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 11-16.

Oksana Drachkovska’s illustration for children poetry book