Radek Pilař

Quick Facts

IntroCzech illustrator and painter
A.K.A.Radek Pilar
Was Painter
From Czech Republic
Type Arts
Birth 23 April 1931, Písek, Czech Republic
Death 7 February 1993, Prague, Czech Republic
(aged 61 years)
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Radek Pilař ( 23 April 1931 Písek – 7 February 1993) was a Czech artist active in illustrations , animation, graphics , painting , filmmaking , and film directing . He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague with Professor Vlastimil Rada [cs]. He is best known as the author of the images of popular fictional character of the gallant robber Rumcajs.

He is recognized as the founder of Czech video art.

Pilař had more than 40 solo exhibitions, illustrated 50 books for children published worldwide, created around 40 short films and bedtime stories for the children’s TV show Večerníček.

Awards and recognition

He received a number of awards, including:

  • Hans Christian Andersen Award
  • Silver Dancer Award for Best Animated Film at the Huesca Short Film Festival, Spain

In 1990 he was elected Honorary Citizen of Jičín, the city associated wth Rumcajs.