Andrey Babanovsky was born 1931, in Gorky, Russia.

Initially accepted into the Surikov Art Academy he turned it down due to the school’s overly political orientation, choosing to graduate from the Art Academy of 1905.

Illustration and story-telling was Anfrew’s life’s passion. His name can be found among the staff of Союз Мультфильм (Soviet Animation) and publications such as Smena and Sputnik.  Among his other works are fully illustrated "Great Expectations", 'Oldman Hottabych" by Lazar Lagin and a series of greeting cards with illustrations of H.C. Andersen and Hauff fairy tales, done in collaboration with an old friend and co-worker, Gennady Novozhilov.

After moving to US in 1981, there was more illustration work done for Courage Books publishing.


The Story of Elf

Once Upon a Time ...
There was an artist, and he was walking home with his daughter... It was the long way they would always take from the movies. The road twisted and turned, meandering through an old park that sometimes was almost a forest and sometimes nothing but fields that were left behind where a little village used to be...

May be they were slightly bored or just a little tired - the road was very long after all. But they started wondering about the park and it's previous life... Who live there? Were they even real? - and if not - the possibilities were endless....

And so the Elf was born -

But it's another story