Ex Libris Jussi Avonius, by Hugo Hiibus
purchased from a collection in Italy, “Hugo Hiibus | estonia” written on back in pencil
Humourous man in knee deep water wearing an lifebuoy/life preserver.
Hugo Hiibus (born in 1929) is a popular Estonian cartoonist and personality. He studied at the Estonian State Institute of the Arts, graduating in graphic art. From 1955-1957 he worked in the newspaper People’s Voice, and in 1957-1959 in the journal Pikker as an artistic editor. In the years 1972-1984 he worked in the editorial office of the Kodumaa newspaper. He was a member of the ENSV Art Foundation (1961). His first cartoon appeared at the Institute in 1950. Hiibus has been an active exlibris and poster artist and a bookmaker. The cartoons of Hugo Hiibus have been published in almost all editions published in Estonia. Hiibas is both a member of the Estonian Artists’ Union (1960) and a Journalist Association (1958). He is also a member of the Board of the Estonian Humor Union.