Renáta Fučíková

Renáta Fučíková

Originally an artist and illustrator, she has gradually devoted more time to writing books. She has won many awards including several Golden Ribbons as well as first prize at the Biennial of Illustration in Tehran in 1997. She was nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2011. She was born in Prague on 3 January and lives alternately in Prague and in a cottage in South Bohemia.


Title Publisher Year Selected published translations Awards
Prague in the Heart; 189 Stories from the City and its People (Praha v srdci; 189 příběhů města a lidí) Práh 2015 EN
Pictures from the Old Testament (Obrazy ze Starého zákona) Albatros 2014
Jacob and the Stars (Jakub a hvězdy) Mladá fronta 2014
Huss and Chelčický (Hus a Chelčický) Práh 2014  2014 The Most Beautiful Czech Book – SČUG HOLLAR award for illustration
Landscapes of Home (Krajiny domova) Albatros 2013  2014 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Non-fiction for children and youth
Ludmila, Václav and Boleslav: The Přemyslids Through the Eyes of the Monk Kristián (Ludmila, Václav a Boleslav: Přemyslovci očima mnicha Kristiána) Práh 2013
The True Story of the Byzantine Missionaries Constantine and Methodius (co - author: Renata Šulcová, Johana Motičáková) (Pravdivý příběh byzantských věrozvěstů Konstantina a Metoděje) Slovácké muzeum 2013
Antonín Dvořák Práh 2012 EN  2013 Golden Ribbon Award – Art section: Non-fiction for children and youth
A History of Europe (Historie Evropy) Práh 2011  2012 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Non-fiction for children and youth
The Bible: Pictures and Stories from the Old and New Testaments (Bible: obrazy a vyprávění ze Starého a Nového zákona) Aventinum 2009 DE
Jan Ámos Komenský (Jan Ámos Komenský) Práh 2009
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk) Práh 2006  2007 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Non-fiction for youth
The True Story of the Byzantine Missionaries Constantine and Methodius (co - author: Renata Šulcová, Johana Motičáková) (Vyprávění z Nového zákona) Aventinum 1997
Pinocchio (Pinocchio) Panorama 1991
Bruncvík (Bruncvík) Panorama 1990
Prague in the Heart; 189 Stories from the City and its People
Praha v srdci; 189 příběhů města a lidí
Pictures from the Old Testament
Obrazy ze Starého zákona
Jakub a hvězdy
Jacob and the Stars
Jakub a hvězdy
Hus a Chelčický
Huss and Chelčický
Hus a Chelčický
Krajiny domova
Landscapes of Home
Krajiny domova
Ludmila, Václav a Boleslav: Přemyslovci očima mnicha Kristiána
Ludmila, Václav and Boleslav: The Přemyslids Through the Eyes of the Monk Kristián
Ludmila, Václav a Boleslav: Přemyslovci očima mnicha Kristiána
Pravdivý příběh byzantských věrozvěstů Konstantina a Metoděje
The True Story of the Byzantine Missionaries Constantine and Methodius (co - author: Renata Šulcová, Johana Motičáková)
Pravdivý příběh byzantských věrozvěstů Konstantina a Metoděje
Historie Evropy
A History of Europe
Historie Evropy
Bible: obrazy a vyprávění ze Starého a Nového zákona
The Bible: Pictures and Stories from the Old and New Testaments
Bible: obrazy a vyprávění ze Starého a Nového zákona
Jan Ámos Komenský
Jan Ámos Komenský
Jan Ámos Komenský
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Vyprávění z Nového zákona
Renáta Fučíková
The True Story of the Byzantine Missionaries Constantine and Methodius (co - author: Renata Šulcová, Johana Motičáková)
Vyprávění z Nového zákona
Pinocchio
Pinocchio
Pinocchio
Bruncvík
Bruncvík
Bruncvík
Award Year Country
Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Non-fiction for children and youth 2014 Česká republika
The Most Beautiful Czech Book – SČUG HOLLAR award for illustration 2014 Česká republika
Golden Ribbon Award – Art section: Non-fiction for children and youth 2013 Česká republika
Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Non-fiction for children and youth 2012 Česká republika
Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Non-fiction for youth 2007 Česká republika
Praise
Renáta Fučíková set herself the difficult task of illustrating the life of the Czech composer and conductor Antonín Dvořák. And even though it might seem impossible to capture music using art, Fučíková has achieved this synthesis.
—Milena Subrtová
iLiteratura

She studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, specializing in illustration and applied graphics, and graduated in 1988. At first she focused on classic authors and material, illustrating The Brothers Grimm (1993), The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (1994) and then Tales from the Old and New Testaments (1996 and 1997). She then began to concentrate on illustrating Czech histories as well as writing stories based on Czech history. “I started with princesses and dragons, but then when my son started school I realised I’d need to much better in retelling a lot of things,” she explained. Together with the writer Alena Ježková she created Staré pověsti české a moravské (Old Bohemian and Moravian Legends, 2005) a book on Karel IV (Charles IV, 2005) and a collection of 77 pražských legend (77 Prague Legends, 2006). In the same year she won the Golden Ribbon for her illustrations accompanying a biography of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and a year later received the same award for Příběhy českých knížat a králů (Tales of Czech Princes and Kings), which was again written by Alena Ježková. In 2008 she illustrated a biography of John Amos Comenius. She provided illustrations for Celtic Fairy Tales and the Kristiánov legend, entitled Přemyslovci očima mnicha Kristiána (The Přemyslids as seen by Kristián the Monk). “I think the ancient times are the most interesting for me. For those of us who went to school a few decades ago, we had it drilled into our heads that Neanderthals lived here and they hunted mammoths and then the Slavs arrived. I don’t think that national history is the history of groups of people who speak the same language, rather it’s a history of place,” she explained.

Her magnum opus is a five-hundred-page illustrated Historie Evropy (History of Europe, in collaboration with the author Daniela Krolupperová), one of the largest publishing events in recent years. The book was three years in the making and was published by Práh in 2011. The information-packed work is made up of several layers, joining together large illustrations with timelines, cartoon windows with wonderfully devised details, which makes reading this book a multidirectional experience. The authors focused on representing the everyday way of life in various periods of European history, and there are plenty of diversions into politics and culture, as well as into the lives of the extraordinary and more ordinary figures from history.

Since 2015 the same publishers have been bringing out historical exercise books by the Krolupperová – Fučíková duo, thus far they have published Pravěk a starověk Evropy and Středověk Evropy (Prehistoric and Ancient Europe, and Medieval Europe). She was awarded a prize at the 2014 Most Beautiful Books of the Year competition for Hus a Chelčický (Huss and Chelčický).

In addition to traditional fairy tales and historical subjects, Fučíková has also illustrated a comic about the life of Antonín Dvořák (Práh 2012). In 2014 Mladá fronta published her large illustrated story Jakub a hvězdy (Jacob and the Stars), where she poetically tells the story of the constellations, as well as the fight against one’s own anxieties and fears of dying.

Fučíková has also worked with the Czech postal service, which has already produced six of her stamp designs.

Notable awards
 2014 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Non-fiction for children and youth
 2013 Golden Ribbon Award – Art section: Non-fiction for children and youth
 2012 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Non-fiction for children and youth
 2007 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Non-fiction for youth