Eugene Yelchin is a Russian born author and illustrator of children’s books. In 2006 he received Tomie de Paola award, and in 2010, National Jewish Book Award. His books received starred reviews in the national press, and were on Children’s Choice list in 2008 and on the Independent Booksellers list in 2009. His first illustrated novel “Breaking Stalin’s Nose” will be released in September 2011 by Henry Holt publishers. For more information visit eugeneyelchinbooks.com.
In addition to publishing, Yelchin works extensively in the entertainment and advertising industries. He designed characters and environments for Gore Verbinski’s animated feature, RANGO. He created art for the opening sequence of the HBO television series, ROME. He designed campaigns for American and Japanese advertising agencies, and designed the original image of the Coca Cola Polar Bears.
In Russia, Yelchin designed sets, costumes, and posters for theatre. In US, after finishing the USC Graduate film program, he directed live action and animated TV commercials, and received a Mobius Award for his LEGO theme park commercial. He wrote and directed several short films that received awards at films festivals at Edinburgh, London, Paris, Berlin, Clermont Ferrand.
Yelchin’s fine art paintings are exhibited at the museums and galleries, and are in a number of important collections of contemporary Russian art. For more information visit eugeneyelchin.com.