official short biography

Leendert Jan Vis (*1955) trained in Electronic Engeneering, but only stayed in that Industry for a short period of time. After various other carrer paths, he eventually began writing for Walt Disney’s weekly magazine, Donald Duck. A few years later he designed his first greeting card. It was the first of many cards that have currently sold over 100 million worldwide.
So, what is the secret of his success? We should ask the numerous collectors. It is because his simple and perfectly aligned drawings, with such touching characters are portrayed with a subtle and sometimes slightly absurd humour. Leendert Jan’s interpretation of everyday situations will bring a smile to your face. His style is unresistable and insurpassable.

LJV's work

Leendert Jan has become famous by his wunderful cards and fluffy toys. But he has already been working on many different projects in the past.
He has written and illustrated 3 children's books, which unfortunatly has only been published in the Netherlands and Italy, yet.
2001 he has written another book. Namely the Valentine's book "Voor jou" (= "For you"). Every book has been published by Lemniscaat.
In 1995 Leendert Jan draw the comic "The Hidden World" for the company Pulse Interactive. You can read the comic at Sonja's site.
In the mid 90ies Leendert Jan made lots of commercial illustrations, e.g. for Ikea or Albert Heijn.
I especially like his artwork at the entrance of the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam. See the pictures at Sonja's site ("other works" -> "Artis Zoo").
Leendert Jan also made illustrations for various other books and projects.
Go to Sonja's site to find much more information and pictures.



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