IKU DEKUNE (出久根育）
In 1992 she graduated from the department of oil painting, specialisation graphics, at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo.
In her art, she focuses primarily on illustrating children’s books. She has illustrated many books in Japan. Her first book, her own fairy tale “The bath room” was published in 1994, and in recent years she has illustrated:
“Here comes Mr. Spring” (2001) text by Noriko Ochi, published by Suzuki publishing co., ltd.
“Anton Berry’s long journey” (2001 text by Haruki Amanuma, published by Suzuki publishing co., ltd.
“Das Meerhäschen” (2001) text by the brothers Grimm, published by Parol-sha
“A Painter” (2002) and “The Crocodile” (2003) text by Kaho Nashiki, published by Rironsha
“Mrs. Lucy” (2003) text by Hoko Takadono, published by Froebel-kan co., ltd.
“The postman Marco’s Long journey”(2004) text by Haruki Amanuma
“Our Hats”(2005) text by Hoko Takadono, published by Froebel-kan co., ltd.
“Mascia and the white birds” text by Michail Bulatov, published by Kaisei-Sha Publishing Company
“Little dwellers in Ofuton Land”(2005) text by Noriko Ochi, published by Kaisei-Sha Publishing Company
“Tantara, the grandmother from the mountains”(2006) text by Naoko Awa, published by Shogakukan Inc.
In her free work, she concentrates on graphics and oil painting. She has been exhibiting her works for several years now throughout Japan, and she regularly exhibits in the Kobo gallery in Tokyo. She has also exhibited in Germany. In the Czech Republic, she was presented through an exhibition in the Gallery La Veinticuatro in Prague (2001), The Regional Art Gallery in Liberec (2006) and in several other towns.
In 1998 she participated in the International Festival of Illustrated Books in Bologna, and in 2004 she created a cover for this festival and exhibited there as a visiting artist. In 2003 “Das Meerhäschen” (2001) was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Biennial of Illustration in Bratislava. In 2006 “Mascia and the white birds” was awarded Nihon ehon taisho (The Japan prize for picture books 2005).
She has lived in Prague since 2002.