Oldřich Kulhánek dead at 72

Famous graphic artist, Oldřich Kulhánek, died at the age of 72 on Monday morning. He is the author of the images that appear on Czech bank notes as well as many Czech stamps. A Prague native, Mr Kulhánek was detained by the Czechoslovak secret police in 1971 on charges that he slandered communist leaders with his drawings from the late 1960s. Although he was set free after a few weeks, he remained under surveillance for a number of years and was prohibited from publishing his work until the fall of the Communist regime in 1989.

Author: Masha Volynsky