Adolf Born was born on 12 June in 1930 in the town of České Velenice on the Czech-Austrian border. In 1935 the family moved to Prague.
During 1950-55 he studied at the school of Applied Art in Prague Department of Caricature and Newspaper Drawing, headed by Prof. A. Pelc.
He first became known to the public as a cartoonist. He published his humorous drawings in all the important magazines and participated in group exhibitions and caricature exhibitions, from some of which he brought back prestigious awards. In 1974 he was proclaimed “The Cartoonist of the Year” in Montreal, Canada.
After censorship prohibited the publishing of his cartoons in 1973, he devoted more of his time to animated films, book illustrations and graphics. He merged graphics with cartoons and so he arrived at a new artistic expression. His cosmopolitan humour, his selection of topics rooted in the history of his country (Austro-Hungarian monarchy or the Rudolfinian period) and finally his special world of animals makes him famous all over the world.
Adolf Born died on 22 May 2016.
1959 - Praha, Galerie Fronta
1963 - Náchod, Kulturní dům
1965 - Berlin, Club der Kunstschaffenden
1967 - Frankfurt, Club Voltaire, Geneve, Théatre de l’Atelier
1969 - Praha, Galerie Hollar
1973 - Heilbronn, Stadtbücherei
1974 - Sydney, Paddington Hogarth Gallery
1975 - Frankfurt, Galerie 9
1976 - Geneve, La Galerie Challardes
1977 - Brno, Dům pánů z Kunštátu
1979 - Köln, Galerie Wigand, Treviso, Galerie d’Arte Borgo
1980 - Hamburg, Galerie Eppendorf, Mnichov, Galerie Schöninger
1981 - Bremen, Galerie Slavia
1982 - Nürnberg, Galerie Groll
1984 - Luzern, Galerie Ambiance
1985 - Warsaw, Muzeum karikatury
1987 - Vienna, Creditbank
1988 - Paderborn, Městká galerie
1989 - Istambul, Galerie Nev
1990 - Praha, Mánes
1991 - Bergen, Parken Galeri
1992 - Saarbrücken, Filmhaus
1993 - Dillenburg, Galerie Rübezahl
1965 - Leipzig, Gold Medal - Internationale Buchkunst Ausstellung (Illustration book by B. Brecht, Mother Courage)
1966 - Bordhigera, Dattero d’Oro
1969 - Tolentino, Biennale dell’Umorismo nell’Arte
1974 - Montreal - Appointed Cartoonist of the Year
1977 - Montreal - Grand Prix at the 14th International Salon of Cartoons
1995 - Asiago - The Most Beautiful Stamp of the Year (with Marco Polo theme)