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Klaas Verplancke

Klaas Verplancke is a worldwide acclaimed speaker, lecturer, jury member, curator, author & illustrator of over 150 books published in more than 30 languages and 60 translations. He won a Bologna Ragazzi Award, was a top-five finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, and received 15 consecutive nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. His picture book 'Magritte’s Apple' was commissioned and published by MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He regularly creates illustrations and animations for international magazines, newspapers and clients such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Pentagram, Marc O'Polo and Penguin books. His qualities as an independent visual and text creator led to exhibitions in Belgium and abroad, international invitations as a jury member (e.a. Bologna Illustrator Exhibition, Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award and currently for Nami Concours 2021, Korea), as a guest teacher (e.a. Itabashi Summer School Tokyo, Japan) and as a guest lecturer (e.a. USBBY Congress Chicago and St Louis, USA). Klaas Verplancke is also a professor of Image Design at the Graphic Design Department of The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. At first glance, Verplancke’s drawings and paintings differ a great deal in appearance and execution. But they always display the qualities that characterize him as an illustrator, animator, and designer: a sense of humor that can vary from mild to sardonic, a poetic imagination, a preference for visualizing the impossible possible and a sideways, surrealistic view of reality. 

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