Kostja Gatnik

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Kostja Gatnik
Born (1945-09-11) 11 September 1945 (age 75)
Ljubljana, Slovenia
EducationAcademy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana
Known forpainting, drawing, illustrating, design
Notable work
Children's books illustrations, comic books
AwardsPrešeren Award
2010 for lifetime achievement
Levstik Award
2011 for lifetime achievement

Kostja Gatnik (born 11 September 1945) is a Slovene artist, graphic designer and illustrator, best known for his illustrations in children's books.[2]

Gatnik was born in Ljubljana in 1945. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. He works as a painter, graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. He has illustrated over 60 books, published cartoons and designed puppets and theatre costumes. Among all characters he created perhaps the most famous is Magna Purga, a comic book hero.

In 2010 he won the Grand Prešeren Award for his lifetime achievements in the fine arts.[3] In 2011 he won the Levstik Award for lifetime achievement in illustration.


  1. ^ "Kostja Gatnik". Kostja Gatnik homepage. Kostja Gatnik. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  2. ^ Slovenia's Best for Young Readers by the Slovenian Book AgencyArchived 3 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture, complete list of the Grand Prešeren Awards recipients[dead link]