Katalin Szegedi is one of the most well-known and honoured illustrators in Hungary. While creating a work she does her best to make a book which would ultimately provide the reader with an enduring experience. She works with empathy and her authentic sense of art is clearly present in her books. Looking at her pictures one can feel longing and nostalgia towards an honest and warm world which provides safety along with a sense of humour and some strangeness. Her books for children create a world which is good to be in.
Katalin Szegedi graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts where she majored in Applied Graphics and Book Design, earning her Master of Arts Degree in 1991. That same year, she began illustrating books in her native Hungary. In 1994, Katalin was awarded a scholarship to study in Rome, where she spent three months developing her style. For some years, she taught graphic design and illustration to young artists. In 2001, Ms. Szegedi began creating illustrations for foreign publishers, and her work won her Hungary’s prestigious „The Most Beautiful Children’s Book” prize. This distinction, The Hungarian equivalent to the Caldecott Medal, was repeated in 2003 and in 2005. She is married and has three children. Ms. Szegedi has published more than 50 books and achieved many different national and international awards.
Books published by Csimota Publishing
Szegedi Katalin: Dreamcircus (Álomcirkusz) (2014) Published also in Japanese by Hikumano Publishing, 2003, in Greek by Papadopoulos Publishing, Athens 2001, in slovakian by Buvik Publishing, Bratislava, in Sweden by Felis Förlag, Göteborg
Szegedi Katalin: Lenka (2010) Published also in Swedish by Felis Förlag, in Polish by Namas Publishing, 2011, in French by Ocean Editions, 2011
Szegedi Katalin: Palkó (2013) Published also in Swedish by Felis Förlag, 2013