Not much detail is known of Kubašta’s life. He was born in Vienna in 1914 and lived most of his life in Prague where he died in 1992. In 1938 he graduated with a degree in architecture and worked for an architectural firm and then for a Prague publisher of history books. In the early 1950s, he left formal employment and began to freelance as a graphic designer, working mostly for Aventinum, the Czech State publishing house. In 1954, the British publisher Bancroft acquired from Artia, the Czech state trade organization, the rights to Kubašta’s designs. Brancroft created a division, Westminister Books, that published and distributed in English in the United Kingdom and the United States, and later, other language editions throughout Europe.
Robert Sabuda was born and raised in Pinckney, Michigan. When he was old enough to “hold a crayon”, he realized that he was destined to become an artist. His father was a mason and carpenter and his mother was the owner of a local dance school, where he took lessons and helped design the scenery and backdrops for the annual recital. He first became aware of pop-ups while visiting the dentist’s office and soon after that began making his own simple structures. After graduating from high school in Michigan, he enrolled at Pratt Institute in New York City. During his junior year, he completed an internship at Dial Books for Young Readers where he learned the process of publishing children’s books. After graduation, he worked as a package designer and soon moved into the field of illustrating and writing children’s book.
Andrew Binder received a BFA in printmaking from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Miami. He is currently adjunct professor at Florida Atlanta University and Palm Beach Community College and is the Webmaster for FAU’s College of Education.
His art works have been exhibited at the University of Miami, Miami-Dade County Library, the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, Florida Atlantic University, and numerous other South Florida institutions. His works are owned by the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum, the University of Southern Illinois, Florida Atlantic University’s Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection of Books as Aesthetic Objects, Broward County Library’s Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Collection of Visual and Concrete Poetry, and others. He was the recipient of the 2001 Florida Artists’ Book Prize, the 2001 Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowship Grant, and the Lowe Art Museum Purchase Prize.