Oleksy Kustovsky / Ukraine

Oleksy Kustovsky (Kusto) was born on 11th March 1971 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He graduated at the National Agricultural University in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1993, specialization – agronomist. Then he started working as a fruit grower in M. M. Grishko Central Botanical Garden Of the National Ukranian Academy of Sciences. His first cartoon appeared in the newspaper „Vechernie Vesti“ (Kyiv) in 1998 and since that time his cartoons have been published in newspapers and magazines in many countries (Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Sweden, etc). Since 2004 he works as an artist of the parliamentary newspaper “Holos Ukrainy” concentrated mainly to creation of cartoons and illustration. He presented his artworks at several solo and collective exhibitions at home and abroad. Since 2003 Oleksy Kustovsky participates at international cartoon competitions and his artworks have been awarded more than 100 prizes (we can mention at least some of them: 2003 – Gold Prize / LM International Cartoon Exhibition, China; 2009 – First Prize / International competition “Jaka bede” Olsztyn, Poland; 2010 – Gold Prize / 3rd “Molla Nasreddin” International Cartoon Contest, Azerbaijan; 2011 – “Masters of caricature” Prize / The Sixth International Biennale Plovdiv, Bulgaria; 2012 – First Prize / 39º Salão Internacional de Humor de Piracicaba, Brazil; 2013 – Grand Prize / International Cartoon Contest “Golden Keg” Presov, Slovakia; etc). Oleksy Kustovsky is often invited to be a member of Juries of international cartoon contests (2005 – “LM”, China; 2010 – „Clear look“ Russia; 2010, 2011, 2012 – „Jaka bede“, Poland; 2012- „Nasreddin Hodja“ Turkey; 2013 – Salon Romania). He is a member of the Association of Cartoonists of Ukraine and the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. Oleksy Kustovsky is living and working in Vyshneve (Kyiv region), Ukraine.

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