Vavro Milan

Bratislava, Slovakia

21.09.1933 - 09.12.2011

Painter, graphic artist, portraitist, illustrator, cartoonist

He completed his studies at the Higher School of Art and Industry in Bratislava in 1950-1954, and in 1982-1985 he completed additional studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University in Bratislava.

He started his career in 1949 as a cartoonist in the magazine Roháč, where he began to publish his works, later he was the head of the art department, publishing drawings in it for 41 years. He also worked on animated films (“Valibuk”, “Cheruzkin Road” and others), posters and free painting. In the 1990s, he briefly worked as the creative director of an animation studio in Luxembourg.

He spent the last years of his life in Vinichno near Bratislava, where he also had his own studio.


  • 1967 – award of the Union of Slovak Visual Artists for the best poster of the year
  • 1974 – awarded the Grand Prix for a poster in Argentina
  • 1983 – awarded the gold medal for caricature in Moscow.
  • 1984 – honorary recognition of ZNZ Bratislava
  • 1985 – awarded the “Golden Thorn” for the cartoon in a New place above Vakh.
  • 1985 – Grand Prix Prize for Caricature awarded in Yugoslavia
  • 1988 – Award of the Minister of Culture of the USSR, Honorable Mention for a cartoon from ZNZ Prague and a plaque for a cartoon in Brazil
  • 1989 – Grand Prix and the Julius Fuchik Prize for the ZNZ Prague cartoon
  • 1992 – awarded the Ankara Prize in Turkey
  • 1998 – awarded the Diploma of the Minister of Culture

Reference: Wikipedia, 2010


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