Kiev based illustrator Vladislav Erko.
Paulo Coehlo calls him the best person to illustrate his books and Warner Brothers studio recognize him as the one of the best fifth illustrators for Harry Potter.
Vladyslav Erko is an acclaimed master in Ukrainian graphic arts.
Erko, a member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine, was born in Kyiv. He studied in the Faculty of Book Graphics at the Ivan Fedorov Polygraphic Institute in Kyiv from 1984 to 1990. He worked in film poster design. In 1987 he received the 2nd Award in the Moscow International Poster Competition. He is a laureate of the Lesia Ukrayinka Award. In 1989 he started working in book graphics and illustrated the works of H. C. Andersen, W. Shakespeare, E.T.A. Hoffman, J. Swift, Lewiss Carroll, Paulo Coelho, Richard Bach etc.
Nowadays Vladyslav Erko is the leading Ukrainian maestro of book graphics, the winner of numerous prestigious art and book exhibitions, the holder of the title “Man of Book” as the best artist of 2002 according to the Moscow’s “Book Review.” His illustrations to the books “Snow Queen”, “The Tinderbox”, “Child Roland and Other Knight’s Tales”, “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Gulliver’s Travels” etc won the general recognition. Here is how Paulo Coelho responded on Erko’s “Snow Queen”: “It is the most amazing children’s book that I have ever seen in my life.” The rights to Erko’s books have been acquired by publishers in 15 countries all over the world – from the UK to South Korea and Australia. “The Tales of the Foggy Albion”, illustrated by Erko, won Ukraine’s “Book of the Year” award for 2003.
To follow the path of Erko's work is to see an illustrator who has really come into his own. In interviews, even Mr. Erko admits that his earlier work is difficult for him to look at, as he sees too many of his mistakes. His illustrations for The Snow Queen exhibit exquisite attention to detail, textures, and colors.