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"Mikhail Maiofis was born in St. Petersburg Russia and was an accomplished artist at a very young age. He is best known for his illustrations of children's books, most notably the famous Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen. His work is in both private and public collections throughout the world, and he is listed as one of the top 100 Russian artists of the century.
Mikhail and his family moved to the United States in 1989, fearing the fall of the Soviet Union. His life and art changed dramatically at this time. Being in a different country, with various views about art, was challenging and slightly paralyzing at one point." [source] [see also]
● Sources: Babs71 LiveJournal (via) - here and here AND OldBooksYoungPics (there are more images for each set)
● See also: Kidpix LiveJournal.
● Thanks very much to LanguageHat for translation and link assistance.