Graphic artist and illustrator, Bohdan Butenko, dies at 88

At the age of 88, the graphic artist and illustrator Bohdan Butenko, creator of scenery theatres and author of comics and books died.

The artist's death was announced on the website of Przekrój magazine. "Our dear colleague and friend, Bohdan Butenko, died two days ago. We will miss him. We will always remember his work" - states an article referring to drawings by Bohdan Butenko.

Bohdan Butenko was born on February 8, 1931 in Bydgoszcz. In 1955 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. His diploma thesis was dedicated to illustrations to the book by Mikołaj Leskow, "The Tale of the Tulka Manka and Steel Flea" in the studio of Jan Marcin Szancer. In the same year he started working as an artistic editor at the Nasza Księgarnia publishing house, where he worked for 10 years.

For almost 20 years, Bohdan Butenko cooperated with public broadcaster TVP. He was also the creator of the scenery for the Elderly Gentlemen's Cabaret and a designer of dolls and decorations for puppet theatres.

The artist won many awards and distinctions, including Silver Goats, the award of the National Festival of Documentary Films for Children and Youth, which he received twice - for "The Story of One Film" and "Good Morning!". He was honoured for his lifetime achievement, including the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

He died on Monday, October 14.

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