Marlenka Stupica

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Marlenka Stupica
Marlenka Stupica 2013.jpg
Marlenka Stupica in 2013
Born(1927-12-17)December 17, 1927
EducationAcademy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana
Known fordrawing, illustrating
Notable work
Children's books illustrations
AwardsPrešeren Foundation Award
1972 for achievements in illustration
Levstik Award
1999 for lifetime achievement
Prešeren Award
2013 for lifetime achievement

Marlenka Stupica (born 17 December 1927) is a Slovene children's book illustrator. She has illustrated over one hundred books for children and is considered one of the top Slovene illustrators.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Stupica was born in Maribor in 1927. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana where she graduated in 1950. At that time, she also travelled across numerous European countries. She illustrated already as a student. Overall, she has illustrated over one hundred children's books in her life, and worked also as a commercial designer and a puppet scenographer. She exhibited in Tokyo, Bratislava, Bologne, and Rome.[2] Her favourite motifs have been landscape, water, trees and sky. Among the others, she has illustrated fairy tales by Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Astrid Lindgren, and Ela Peroci.[1] Her daughter Marija Lucija Stupica was also an acclaimed illustrator.


In 1972 Stupica won the Prešeren Foundation Award for her achievements in children's book illustration.[3] She also won the Levstik Award for her illustrations a record six times, in 1950, 1952, 1954, 1959, 1960 and 1970, as well as the same award for lifetime achievement in illustration in 1999.[4] In 2013 she was also bestowed the Prešeren Award for lifetime achievement.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Marlenka Stupica: Pravljice lahko potešijo osnovne človeške stiske" [Marlenka Stupica: Fairytales can Quench Human Distresses]. MMC RTV Slovenija (in Slovenian). 8 February 2013.
  2. ^ Urblíková, Anna, ed. (1975). "Marlenka Stupica". Bienále ilustrácií Bratislava, Československo, '71 '73. Mladé letá. OCLC 2910600.
  3. ^ Slovene Ministry of Culture, complete list of Prešeren Foundation Awards recipients[dead link]
  4. ^ Mladinska Knjiga Publishing House site Archived 2010-12-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Jaklič, Tanja (7 February 2013). "Prešernovi nagradi Marlenki Stupici in Zorku Simčiču" [Prešeren Awards to Marlenka Stupica and Zorko Simčič]. (in Slovenian).

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