Eugene Yelchin is best known as an author and illustrator of books for children. In 2012 Breaking Stalin’s Nose, a middle grade novel that he wrote and illustrated received many awards including the Newbery Honor and has been translated in several languages. In 2011/2012 Won Ton, A Cat Tale Told In Haiku that he illustrated received over forty awards. In 2010 his illustrations for The Rooster Prince of Breslov received a National Jewish Book Award. In 2006 at the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators conference Yelchin received Tomie DePaola Illustration Award. His books have been published by most major publishers and received many starred reviews. 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 that in 2012 received an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. 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 where Yelchin was born and educated, he worked as a theatre designer. In US, after finishing the USC Graduate film program, he directed live action and animated TV commercials. He wrote and directed several short films that received awards at films festivals at Edinburgh, London, Paris, Berlin, and 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.