KORKY PAUL was born in 1951 in Zimbabwe in to a family of seven children.
He enjoyed a wild and privileged childhood in the African bush veldt -
and read a lot of American comic books.
He studied Fine Art at Durban Art School under Andrew Verster, South Africa and started work
as a 'drawer' in an advertising agency in Cape Town, and as an art director in London and Los Angeles.
He fled to Europe and washed up on the shores of Greece and illustrated
a series of books teaching English edited by James Watt.
He then went to study Film Animation under Jules Engel at CalArts,
California. He returned to Europe to work in advertising and as
He met Ron Heapy at Oxford University Press who commissioned 'Winnie the
Witch' and won the Children's Book Award. Winnie has gone on to star in
12 more picture books with her cat Wilbur.
There are also 12 young Winnie fiction series written by Laura Owen
with black and white line drawings by korky
Korky has illustrated many other successful books for Hodders, Puffin and Oxford, including
several anthologies of poems edited by John Foster.
He has sold more than 6 million books world wide in over 30 languages.
Other awards include European Multi Media Award for the CD-Rom
based on ‘The Fish Who Could Wish’, The Prix Octogenes,
The Sheffield Book Award, The Critici in Erba Prize Bologna,
Crayon de porcelaine at the St Just Salon international de la Humour
and short listed three times for The Kate Greenaway Award.
Known only to himself as the 'World's Greatest Portrait Artist',
Korky regularly holds drawing workshops at libraries, schools and
museums to promote and encourage his passion for drawing.
He is a patron of The Art Room, Pegasus Theatre and Reading Quest and ARCh.
Korky Paul and his wife the artist Susan Moxley both work in Oxford,
but every summer they live it up in Greece with their
two children Zoë and Oska.