Award Winner in 2001:
Boris Diodorov

Award Winner:

Dear Hans Christian Andersen

It is quite inconceivable that you ­passed away 135 years ago. But being the great artist that you are, you will live ­forever through your work, which is beloved all over the world.

For me personally, your work has been a great influence in my life, both when I was a child and as an adult. When I was presented with the Hans Christian Andersen Award, I realized that this was an invaluable chance to become part of a global community, unified by the wish to further promote your life’s work.

For more than 150 years, both well-known and young Russian artists have illustrated your timeless works, among them myself, who has recently illustrated an edition of your works on the ­occasion of your anniversary.

Boris Diodorov

Boris Diodorov, Russia for his Andersen illustrations, which express a subtle and exquisite poetic beauty