After studying Applied Arts Secondary School in Uherské Hradiště he studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under Vlastimil Rada and Karel Souček from 1957-1963. The following year, he began work, mostly paintings and illustrating books. He has designed dozens of movie posters.
Besides artistic activities, Zlín is also a noted poet; his first collection of poems was published in 1969. In recent years he has also translated the works of other authors.
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