Štěpán Zavřel was born in Prague in 1932 and arrived in Italy in 1959, after an adventurous escape from his country. He was a versatile and eclectic artist; he studied painting, animation, scenography and theatre costume in Czechoslovakia and later in Rome, Munich and London. In 1968 he settled in Rugolo (Sàrmede), where he established an international network of artists and creative people. He displayed his works in galleries and museums all over the world. In 1983, thanks to his idea, the International Children’s Illustration Exhibition was set up, followed in 1988 by the International School of Illustration. He died in Sàrmede in 1999. On the occasion of the 36th edition of Le immagini della fantasia, the publishing house Bohem Press Italia will reprint the illustrated book Jacopo the jester.