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Exceptional Illustrations of Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek

Posted By: Margie Babon

Written By: Margie Babon and Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek

 

First aid for peace_ Kragujevac'17_ Grand Prix

First aid for peace_ Kragujevac 2017_ Grand Prix

 

To discover your own talent takes time, patience, risk, effort and money. It also requires bravery, honesty and courage to know your own potential where you’re good at. Yet there are people that are truly lucky born with natural skills and talent that at the very young age they know what they want and are already in the clear path of who they are. Like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mozart, our featured illustrator from Poland is truly has exceptional talent ever since she was a kid. Consider them as fortunate that at young age they have precision of what to pursue yet the inspiration they are giving to others is not from the innate talent but the discipline, hard work, motivations and persistence they carry focusing and staying in their chosen field in their entire lifetime.

It is such a privilege that we are given this opportunity to have a look at the brilliant talent and illustrations of Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek who grew up as young illustrator helping her parents to edit and redraw the illustrations for the children’s book.

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We discover Izabela when she participates in The Power of Your Brain cartoon submission last September 2017.  While looking at her work,  Izabela has her own distinctive style, elegance and sophistication aside that each masterpiece has a story of its own. And her own technique and manner of composing the drawing makes her a success and truly deserving to win grand prize in the various international competitions.

Art of cavemen_ Solin'16_ Grand Prix

Art of cavemen_ Solin 2016_ Grand Prix

 

New tradition_ Sicaco'15_ Gold Prize

New tradition_ Sicaco 2015_ Gold Prize

 

Defender_ Olive'14_  1 prize

Defender_ Olive 2014_ 1st prize

Thank you so much Izabela for your long patience and for sharing your time!

To the readers, enjoy her stunning artwork, delve into her own magical world that seems like you’re watching a Pixar movie! And take note on her priceless wisdom that is applicable not only to the illustrators  but to all walks in life.

Enjoy!

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

  •  When you are a child, do you dream to become a cartoonist or illustrator?

I was born “with a pencil in my hand”. My parents were graphic designers, so I grew up in dye tubes, drawings and paper piles and my favorite activity was to “correct” the illustrations in children’s books. To protect the home library, parents bought a huge blackboard for me and my brother. At elementary and middle school I won several awards in art competitions, which affected my future plans. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw and winning the contest for illustrations, I started an adventure with a book.

 

1 il._ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

  • How many years you are working or pursuing the hobby as illustrator and cartoonist?

For 37 years I have illustrated books for children. Four years ago I decided to test my capabilities in another area of art, I chose satirical drawing. That is how I discovered my new passion.

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

  • As illustrator, what is the challenge of staying in the hobby, skills and talent and how do you improve it?

 In receiving a lot of purchase on my children’s book, it helps me to improve my work. I do not want to disappoint small readers which are the children so I always try my best. Positive response from others is the best incentive to continue working and through practice by training my hand and brain is the best way to improve my talent.

 

Safe light_ Portocartoon '15_  2 prize

Safe light_ Portocartoon 2015_ 2nd prize

 

  • Share some of your motivations on pursuing being an illustrator and staying in the field. How do you motivate yourself to draw and not giving up to make people happy thru’ your work?

 Painting and drawing fulfill my dreams that I can create my own world. I am grateful to share what I create especially to children. And I am thankful that there are other avenues to share my creation like cartoon contest and satirical that even without written words describing the work, the drawing itself is a discussion…the drawing itself has its own conversation, has its own dialogue depending on how the viewer convey the message. And to see the works of other artist which have different approach that evolves from one idea and theme, I find it extremely interesting! By participating in cartoon contest, I have a chance to present my visions on a wider forum. It is addictive and gives me happiness.

 

Winner_ Tuba Satyrica'13_ Grand Prix

Winner_ Tuba Satyrica 2013_ Grand Prix

 

Family life_ Satyrykon'16_ Special Prize

Family life_ Satyrykon 2016_ Special Prize

 

Crow & fox_ Smiling cat '14_ Honorable Mention

Crow & fox_ Smiling cat  2014_ Honorable Mention

 

 

  • Any principles in life you follow as illustrator?

Never leave the level without improvement and keep trying to do your best – it is my motto that I lead in every field of life and art.

 

Time of memories_ Olense  Kartoenale'15_ 4 prize

Time of memories_ Olense Kartoenale 2015_ 4th prize

 

Favorite_ Animal cartoon'16_ 1prize

Favorite_ Animal cartoon 2016_ 1st prize

 

 

  • What is the most unforgettable challenge in your life as illustrator, the most unforgettable experience and what it has taught you.

My first children’s book was the biggest challenge and great hope. But unfortunately during the printing, it come out to the biggest disappointment that half of the details disappeared in the blackened print. In addition, the original illustrations have also disappeared. I learned that you need to watch every phase of publication that the role of the illustrator never ends upon finishing the whole drawing.

 

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

 

  •  Share some tips for amateur illustrator who has ambition to produce better cartoons.

Watch the creativity of the best artists, but do not imitate anyone. Listening to yourself does not lose your individuality. In my opinion this is the most important in art.

 

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Whole life with rock & roll, Croatia 2016

 

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Camouflage, Croatia 2017

 

 

  •  Any future plan as illustrator.

I have many plans and desires related to illustrations. In the near future I plan to participate in several cartoon contests.

 

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illustration_ Izabela Kowalska- Wieczorek

 

 

 Meet Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek

Born in 1955 in Torun and graduated at Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1980, Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek pursues book illustrations for children, cartoons, graphic, painting and drawing. Participated in individual and group exhibitions of graphics, painting and illustration in Poland and abroad. Her work received international awards like the competition “Olive” where she got the Grand Prix in 2014.

 

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Izabela with her cat Amelka

 

World Humor Awards_ Italy'17

World Humor Awards_ Italy, 2017

 

My exhibition of ilustr. & cartoons _Toruń'16

Izabela’s exhibition of illustration & cartoons _Toruń, 2016

 

 

“Listening to yourself does not lose your individuality. In my opinion this is the most important in art.” – Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek

 

See more of her amazing work in her website portfolio  and google plus.

e-mail:  bajkowiec@gmail.com      website: bajkowiec.blogspot.com

 

 

“The Genius Brain” – The Power of Your Brain Best Entries

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

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Very few people reach the distinction of being a “genius.” Of course there are many factors to consider to say that a person is a genius but the most important quality of being a genius is “they keep using their fullest potential.”

Once again, Hyperkreeytiv is very proud to discover these “geniuses” cartoonist, illustrator, and artist from different parts of the world showcasing their distinctive work. A big thank you to all of you and to other participants. We truly appreciate your effort, time, and patience for selflessly sharing a part of your heart and soul—your amazing work!!

Here are the best entries from more than hundred entries of “The Power of Your Brain” International Cartoon Submission 2017. Enjoy!!

 

“Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.” -Mark Twain

 

Top Entries Showing the Human Brain

1.     Edwin Perales Gonzales, Peru

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“Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire”-. Bernard Williams

 

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“Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.” – Edward de Bono

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“I’m pretty sure my love affair with science-fiction started with ET.” -Shiloh Walker

 

EPGEdwin Perales was born in Sept. 12, 1969.  He is a graphic designer and illustrator from Peru. His work received exceptional awards in cartoon competitions in different countries like Belgium, Portugal, Colombia, Iran and Indonesia.

e-mail: enpg@hotmail.com

 

“Laughing brains are more absorbent.” – Alton Brown

 

2.     Dimitrios Georgopalis, Greece

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

 

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“Do not borrow the productions of other men’s brains and pens and recite them as a lesson; but make the most of the talents, the brain power, that God has given you.” -Ellen G. White

 

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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

DGDimitrios Georgopalis was born in Corfu, Greece in 1973. He studied Business Administration and Byzantine Hagiography. His drawings have been published to locally renown magazines such as Anti, Epilogi, Galera, and Moto triti and in the famous newspaper APOGEYMATINH.

Currently, Dimitrios is working as cartoonist and illustrator for the daily newspaper EIDISIS and the weekly Real News. He is the founding member and Secretary of the Greek Cartoonist Association Club in Greece.

e-mail: dgeo73@yahoo.gr   website: www.georgopolis.com 

 

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.” -Peter Ustinov 

 

 

3.     Slobodan Butir, Croatia

 

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“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” – J. K. Rowling

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” -Dr. Seuss

 

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“In boxing, it is about the obsession of getting the most from yourself: wanting to dominate the world like a hungry young lion.” – Anthony Joshua

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“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” – Donovan Bailey

 

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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

“A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.” -William Feather

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“Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.” -Johan Cruyff

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“There’s something messed up with my brain.” -Ryan Gosling

 

SlobodanSlobodan Butir age 60 was graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia. He has published about 10,000 cartoons in various daily newspaper and magazines where he has been working for many years. Slobodan also worked in a local diary of Slobodan Dalmacija in Split. He held several exhibitions and won numerous awards from local and abroad such as China, Romania, Korea, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, Iran, and Slovakia. He illustrates several books, especially those for children. Currently working for a theater poster and painting in Croatia.

e-mail: slobodanbutir@yahoo.com

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” -Vince Lombardi

 

 

4.     Mohamed Ajeg

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“Love is like a puzzle. First it is confusing and frustrating, but when you figure it out, it’s a beautiful thing.” -Anonymous

“I would like a boyfriend. I’m a very happy person and it is the final, final piece of the puzzle. I’m looking for that shout-it-out-from-the-mountaintops, fall-in-love person.” -Andy Cohen

 

ajegMohamed Ajeg is 35-year old Moroccan artist. He graduated taking the course Bachelor on Plastic Arts. He is an art teacher for 8 years specializing in plastic art education. His drawings and cartoon were published in different publication and websites. Recently, he got the “Voloevento” prize in International Competition Italia 2017 entitled, “Cartoo’n Kite” and a special prize from Morocco International Cartoon Contest. 

 “I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.” – Mike Rowe


 

5.     Saeed Sadeghi, Iran

Saeed Sadeghi2 “There’s something happening in the world that didn’t happen before. We are acting like one big brain.” -Antonio Banderas

 

“If you’re embarking around the world in a hot-air balloon, don’t forget the toilet paper.” – Richard Branson

 

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Saeed Sadeghi is an art teacher and was born in 1974 in Jahrom, Iran. He studied Bachelor of Arts in painting from Tehran Art University. He is a cartoonist in local newspaper and magazines and Vice President of International Cartoon FECO in Iran.

 

 “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai


 

6.     Yang Xia, China

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“Inside each of us, there is the seed of both good and evil. It’s a constant struggle as to which one will win. And one cannot exist without the other.” -Eric Burdon

 

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Yang Xia graduated from De Zhou College of Fine Arts. Her love for the cartoon leads to some publishing in prominent newspaper and magazines in China. She currently lives in Dong Ying City in Shandong Province of China.

e-mail: mingyang989@163.com

 

“Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.”- Plato


 

7.     Zlatko Krstevski, Macedonia

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“The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.” -Thomas A. Edison

  

zZlatko Krstevski was born in 1969 in Prilep, Macedonia. He finished the course Fine Arts major in Skopje. He organized more than 20 one-man exhibitions on painting and drawing and participated in more than a hundred international exhibitions. Zlatko is also an author and photographer of four-books on cultural heritage of Prilep. Currenly, he is the President of Center for Visual Arts “Byzant” and lives in Priplep, Krakow with his life-partner.

 e-mail: vizant@home.mk  website: http://www.gallery-museum.mk

 

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” -Aldous Huxley

 

 

 8.     Rasha Mahdi, Egypt

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Brain: “She doesn’t like you.”  Heart: “What if she does?”

 “I am racking my brains to find out why he left without saying goodbye to me.” -Eva Braun

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Rasha Mahdi graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts Graphic Section in 1997. She is a member of the Organization of Egyptian cartoonists and Egyptian Fine Artists. Currently working as cartoonist, story board illustrator, creative and graphic designer for advertising campaigns.

Her work was published in most of the Famous Arab newspapers, magazines and websites as editorial cartoonist focusing on human, women and children’s right. She participated in different exhibitions in Dubai, Morocco, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, and France.

https://m.facebook.com/pages/Rasha-Mahdi-Cartoon-House/

“The secret is keeping busy, and loving what you do.” -Lionel Hampton

  

 9.     Zbigniew Kolaczek, Poland

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“Toil without song is like a weary journey without an end.” -H. P. Lovecraft

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” -Winston Churchill

 

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Zbigniew was born in 1964 in Zyrardow. He is a freelance cartoonist and book illustrator and studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Department of Grafic, Poland.

 

 

“I wanted to become an illustrator as a child.” – Karl Lagerfeld

 

 10. Raed Khalil, Belgium

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“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” -Bertrand Russell

“The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use.” -Washington Irving

 

raedRaed Khalil is a Syrian cartoonist and begun his cartoon publication in 1988. He is the Director of Syria cartoon and Director of Syrian International Cartoon Contest and have organized the first SYRIAN International Cartoon Contest in 2005.

website: http://www.raedcartoon.com/

 

“Tell me that you don’t like cartoons, and I think there’s something wrong with you. I don’t understand why people don’t like cartoons.” -John DiMaggio

 

 

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Top Entries Showing the Cognitive Skills

 

1.     Emad Salehi, Iran

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“What makes me happy is just keeping my brain challenged and stimulated and on its toes.” – Seth MacFarlane

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 Emad Salehi was born in 1980 in Iran. He holds Diploma in Graphic and Doctorate in Business Administration. He conducts about 40 exhibitions of his work in painting and caricature. He is a recipient of several awards from different competitions like the second biennial held in Dubai in 2002 where he won first prize.   e-mail: halob7@yahoo.com

“There is no great genius without some touch of madness.”  -Aristotle

 

 

2.     Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek, Poland

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“The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself; forgetting that I exist, I realize myself.” -Raoul Vaneigem

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Born in 1955 in Torun and graduated at Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1980, Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek pursues book illustrations for children, cartoons, graphic, painting and drawing. Participated in individual and group exhibitions of graphics, painting and illustration in Poland and abroad. Her work received international awards like the competition “Olive” where she got the Grand Prix. See more of her amazing work in her website and google plus.

e-mail:  bajkowiec@gmail.com      website: bajkowiec.blogspot.com

“I live a very joyful life, with a lot of laughter and good times.” -Kimberly Elise

 

 

 3.     Efat Amjadipoor, Iran

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“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” -Muhammad Ali

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Iranian cartoonist and illustrator Efat Amjadipoor  was born in 1989 in Mashhad, Iran. She participates in various national and international festivals where she received numerous prizes.

 e-mail: efat_amjadipoor@yahoo.com

 

 “An illustration is a visual editorial – it’s just as nuanced. Everything that goes into it is a call you make: every color, every line weight, every angle.” -Charles M. Blow

 

 

4.     Érico Junqueira Ayres, Brazil

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“I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint.” -Little Richard

 

“I always think about the next generation and creating a different blueprint for them. That’s my goal: to let them know there’s another way.” -Janelle Monae

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“No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.” -William Shakespeare

 

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Erico Junqueira Ayres was born in Salvador, Brazil in May 26, 1948 and live in São Luis (Brazil) since 1956. A self-taught in graphic arts and cartoonist since 1969 and has published six graphic humor books. He graduated in Civil Engineering and Doctorate in Urban & Regional Planning. Currently retired from Federal University of Maranhão.

“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” -Abe Lemons

 

5.     Masoumeh Rahimi, Iran

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“Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.” -Richard Lovelace

“I existed in a world that never is – the prison of the mind.” -Gene Tierney

 

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Masoumeh Rahimi was born in 1986 and currently living in Iran where she obtained graphic diploma in arts.

Email: masoumerahimi12@gmail.com

 

“Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.” -Christie Brinkley

 

6.     Igor Smirnov, Russia

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“Live like you’re already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best. Let it all come ripping right through you.” -Jeff Bridges

 

IgorIgor Smirnov was born in Moscow in 1944. Graduated from Institute of Arts and work as a cartoonist and illustrator since 10970. He received more than 70 awards from international and local competitions like the French Academy of Caricature and Russian Academy of Arts. Igor live and work in Moscow.

e-mail: smirnovigor44@bk.ru

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.” -Victor Hugo

 

 

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Everyone has a touch of being a genius but many are afraid to overcome their own fear of expressing who they are, cultivating their talent and follow passionately what do they really want in life.

Human brain is goal-oriented organism and it knows by itself that it wants to succeed and make accomplishments. And this is what separates the genius from average people—- genius understands that the power within them is to take action of what is in their mind. To produce something out of the thinking mind like the artist, cartoonist, and illustrator that produce tangible results out of imagination, deep thinking and passion.

Again, thank you very much to all the participants around the globe. Know that all of you are incredibly genius!!

“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald 

 

Credits:

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Cartoon and illustration by:

Edwin Perales Gonzales, Peru

Dimitrios Georgopalis, Greece

Slobodan Butir, Croatia

Mohamed Ajeg, Morocco

Saeed Sadeghi, Iran

Yang Xia, China

Zlatko Krstevski, Macedonia

Rasha Mahdi, Egypt

Zbigniew Kolaczek, Poland

Raed Khalil, Belgium

Emad Salehi, Iran

Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek, Poland

Efat Amjadipoor, Iran

Érico Junqueira Ayres, Brazil

Masoumeh Rahimi, Iran

Igor Smirnov, Russia

 

“Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We can all be geniuses because one definition of genius is the infinite capacity for taking pains.” -Knute Rockne

 

Watch out for other entries coming soon!

 

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