Viive Noor

Viive Noor (1955) is an illustrator and curator. She works as a curator at the Estonian Children's Literature Centre. Noor is the founder and organiser of the Tallinn Illustrations Triennial “The Power of Pictures” (2003, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2017). She graduated cum laude in fashion design and graphic art from the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR (Estonian Academy of Arts) in 1981. Noor is the Vice President of the Estonian Section of IBBY and a member of the Estonian Artists' Association, Estonian Graphic Designers’ Association (Head of Book Design Section), Associazione Italia Estonia, International Laboratory of Art, and Mega Art in Italy. Her works are held in the art collections of the National Library of Estonia, the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, the Hiroko Mori & Stasys Museum in Japan, and the Marstal Maritime Museum in Denmark, as well as in many private collections in Estonia, Japan, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Germany, Russia etc.

I certainly drew a lot as a child, but I was convinced I’d become an explorer. I read books about travels, expeditions, and nature. Back then, I knew many of the Latin names for animal and plant species by heart. While studying in an art-intensive school, I started going to art exhibitions and before I knew it, I’d enrolled in the Estonian Academy of Arts. I still love nature to this day, but can’t imagine life without art. I have a deep fondness for books and illustration, but the world of art is boundless and the explorer in me lives on.

Profile picture: Priit Grepp

Illustrated books

10 Cakes

1990

Translations

10 Kuchen

1991

10 Cakes

1990

Awards

2021
International Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, nominee

2020
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Diploma
Republic of Estonia Order of the White Star, Fifth Class

2019

Sharjah Children’s Book Illustrations Exhibition, Honorable Mention
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Hilli Rand. The Forgetful Fairy’s Birthday Party)

2018

International Illustration and Book Design Competition ‘Image of the Book/Obraz knigi’, Moscow, laureate

2016

Silver Badge of Merit of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2015

5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Tiia Toomet. May Lily and Anemone)

2013

Plaque of the 47th International Golden Pen of Belgrade / Плакета Међународног Златног Пера Београда

2011

5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Milvi Panga. Where Are You, Santa’s Elf?)

2009

Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Diploma
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Special Prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (The Golden Book of Estonian Fairytales)
Muhv Award

2008

5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Kalju Kangur. Timbu-Limbu and the Cunning Dwarf)
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Special prize of Estonian Graphic Designers’ Union (Once Upon a Time…), Special prize of The Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (F. R. Kreutzwald. Lopi and Lapi)
Raisin of the Year Award (Once Upon a Time…)

2007

Nominee of the Kristjan Raud Prize
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Milvi Panga. Let’s Go Outside)

2006

IBBY Honour List (Milvi Panga. The One Who Enjoys)

2005

Special Prize ‘Golden Book’ of the National Library of Estonia (Reet Made. The Shop of Frolic)

2004

5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, 2 Certificates of Merit (Milvi Panga. The One Who Enjoys; Leelo Tungal. A Little Christmas Wish)

Exhibitions

Noor's works have been displayed since 1978 in more than 400 exhibitions in Estonia, Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Colombia, China, Denmark, France, Spain, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Yugoslavia, Lithuania, South-Korea, Latvia, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, Finland, Hungary, Ukraine, the USA, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.
Has had 86 solo exhibitions: 68 in Estonia, 8 in Finland, 4 in Russia, 3 in Germany, 2 in Komi Republic and 1 in Belarus.

Selected exhibitions:


2021
Exhibition of Baltic illustrators "Running with Wolves. Werewolf", Napoli, Rome, Frigento, Italy
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators "Secret Lives III", Szczecin, Gdansk, Poland; Kondas Centre, Viljandi; Estonian National Museum, Tartu
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial TIT 2020, Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Russia
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB 2021), Slovakia
"Leafing Through Estonian Children's Books IV", Moscow
TIT 2020 & "Leafing Through Estonian Children's Books IV", Mytishchi, Russia
"Fables for Robots", Estonian Children's Literature Centre; Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu; Gdansk, Poland
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators "Fox Spirit. Fox Charm", Estonian Children's Literature Centre, Tallinn; Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Tapa Public Library, Estonia
Children's Books Illustrations from Estonian artists, Kehra, Estonia
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators "From the Mountains to the Sea", Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu
Group exhibition of Estonian artists "Christmas Tale", Syktyvkar, Komi Republic
"Leafing Through Estonian Children's Books V", Pskov, Russia
"Little Grimm", Kostivere, Estonia

Solo exhibition "Winter expectation", Central Library of Saare County, Kuressaare
Jubilee exhibition "Fairy's Birthday", Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu
Jubilee exhibition "Walk", Central Library of Saare County, Kuressaare; Viimsi Library
Great solo exhibition, Pärnu Ülejõe School
Solo exhibition "Tree of Love", Viimsi Library, Estonia; Syktyvkar, Komi Republic
Small Christmas exhibition, Estonian Children's Literature Centre, Tallinn
Solo exhibition "Christmas Light", Syktyvkar, Komi Republic
Joint exhibition with José Luis Ledesman (Argentina-Italy) "Between Ice and Fire", Kuressaare

Participation in Sharjah International Exhibition for Children's Books Illustrations, Sharjah and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates

Participation in exhibitions: "Dark Tales", St. Petersburg, Nevskaja, Russia; "In Search of Beauty" Rome; contemporary art biennial "Environment-memory-future" Puglia, Italy; joint exhibitions with Piret Pusa Bergmann, Jüri Mildeberg, Aleksei Kornilov in  Belarus; international art projects with "Studio 14": "Кицунэ. Лисьи чары" and "Museum of Supernatural History", St. Petersburg

2020
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
International exhibition of illustrations “Peace Should Be Learned in Childhood”, Tehran, Iran
Group exhibition of Estonian artists „Secret Lives III”, Warsaw, Płock, Kraków, Poland
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Leafing Through Estonian Children’s Books III”, Moscow, Russia
International illustrations exhibition "It's Always Tea-Time", Vyborg, St. Petersburg, Russia; Kondas Centre, Viljandi
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “From the Mountains to the Sea”, Central Library of Saare County, Kuressaare
Midsummer spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children's Literature Centre
"Picture World of Tales and Fairy Tales", Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu
"Fairy Tales from Near and Far", Viljandi City Gallery
Solo exhibitions: "Walk", Estonian Children's Literature Centre; solo exhibiton at contemporary art festival  "PONAEHALI", St. Petersburg; "Running with Wolves", Belorus; "Tree of Love", Estonian National Museum, Tartu; Võru; "Fairy's Birthday" Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu
Joint exhibition with José Luis Ledesma "Between Ice and Fire", Estonian National Library; Kondas Centre, Viljandi
Christman exhibitions at Central Library of Saare County, Kuressaare, and Sõmeru
Participation in group exhibitions: "Peace Should Be Learned in Childhood", Teheran, Iran; "Abrazo de oso", Málaga, Spain; "Sea Change", Birmingham
Participation in group exhibitions of International Art Laboratory in Minsk, Grodno, Orša, Belorus.

2019
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
Sharjah Children’s Book Illustrations Exhibition, the United Arab Emirates
International illustrations exhibition "Illustrating Life - International Illustration & Contemporary Life IV", Prince Gong's Mansion, Beijing, China
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “From the Mountains to the Sea”, Kraków, Rabka-Zdrój, Elbląg, Poland
International illustrations exhibition "It's Always Tea-Time", Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Mytishchi, Russia
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Leafing Through Estonian Children’s Books II”, Moscow, Kolomna, Russia
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators "Once Upon a Time..." (Grimm's Fairy tales), Opole, Gdansk, Poland
"Stories of Werewolf Through the Eyes of Estonian Illustrators" (little werewolf exhibition), Pskov, St. Petersburg, Russia
Solo exhibitions: "Soul Animals", Tallinn; "Tree of Love", Märjamaa, Kehra; Christman exhibitions in Kehra, Kostivere, Viimsi
International exhibitions with "Studio 14": "Running with Wolves", Hiiumaa Museum; "5 emotions", St. Petersburg; international art festival at Riga railway museum; "Room of Fears", St. Petersburg

2018
Group exhibition of Estonian artists „Secret Lives II”, Skizza gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators „Tra ghiaccio e fuoco“, Rome, Pesco Sannita, Italy

2018–2020
Exhibition of Baltic illustrators “Running with Wolves”, London, the United Kingdom; Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (“Wolf Run”), Tallinn; Gdańsk, Wrocław, Białystok, Warsaw, Płock, Szczecin, Poland; Pordenone, Italy; Vilnius, Lithuania

2018–2019
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Running with Wolves”, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn; selected works, Pskov, St. Petersburg, Russia

2018
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators „Masters of Estonian children’s books“/“Power of Pictures“ in Russia: Krasnoarmeysk, Moscow

2017
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre
Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Leafing Through Estonian Children’s Books I”, Moscow, Kolomna, Russia

2016
Solo exhibition “May Lily and Anemone”, Kondas Centre, Viljandi, Estonia
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

2016–2019
International exhibition „Illustrating Life – International Illustration & Contemporary Life“ II–IV, Beijing, China

2016–2018
Group exhibition of Estonian artists „Secret Lives I”, hotel Sofitel in Strasbourg, Embassy of Estonia in Paris, France
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Fairy Tales Come to Visit”, New York Estonian House, USA
Travelling exhibition of Estonian illustrators, “A Walk on the Path of Fairy Tale
Together with Charles Perrault”, Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Mytishchi, Russia
Exhibiton of Estonian illustrators “Neighbours Who Love Reading”, Pskov City Library, Russia

2015–2020
International illustration exhibition, “It’s Always Tea-Time”, Estonian Children’s Literature
Centre, Tallinn; Riga, Latvia; Uusikaupunki, Finland; Gdansk, Wrocław, Toruń, Elbląg, Poland; Berlin,
Germany; Szczecin, Płock, Poland; Budapest, Hungary; Oxford, the United Kingdom; Moscow,
Krasnoarmeysk, Mytishchi, Vyborg, St. Petesburg, Russia

2015–2019
Exhibition of Estonian Illustrators, “Once Upon a Time...” (Grimm’s Fairy Tales),
Aosta, Anagni, Lagonegro, Bernalda-Metaponto, Corato, Matera, Roma, Lacco Ameno,
Irsina, Siracusa, Sassari, Roma, Bologna, Italy; Estonian Children’s Literature Centre,
Tallinn; Minsk, Belarus; Kraków, Łomża, Białystok, Szczecin, Płock, Warszaw, Elbląg,
Gdańsk, Opole, Poland

2015–2016
Travelling exhibition, “Made with the Heart. Estonian Children’s Book Illustration”, Moscow, Krasnoarmeysk, Cheboksary, Russia

2015
European Professional Doll Art Festival, Riga, Latvia

2014–2015
Solo exhibition “Tree of Love”, Tallinn, Haapsalu, Pärnu, Viljandi, Estonia

2014
International exhibition „BEE ART”, Hamburg, Germany
International exhibition of illustrations, „Beyond the Seas”, Budapest, Hungary
European Professional Doll Art Festival, Riga, Latvia

2014–2017
“Tallinn Illustration Triennial 2013. Estonian Illustrators”, Estonia, Poland

2013
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
International Biennial of the Illustration, “Golden Pen of Belgrade”, Serbia
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
Travelling exhibition of Estonian illustration, “Etelästä tuulee – Lõunatuul puhub” (The South Wind Blows), Finland

2013–2015
Exhibition by Estonian and Hungarian Illustrators, “Crisscross Stories”, Estonia, Hungary, the United Kingdom

2013–2014
Group exhibition, “The Visions of Mother Goose. Tribute to Charles Perrault”, Tallinn, Estonia

2012
Group exhibition „Four Is Better than Three”, Estonia, Finland

2012–2013
Exhibition by Estonian illustrators, “Old Fairy Tales” (Brothers Grimm), Estonia, Russia
Travelling exhibition “A Handful of Book Illustrations by Estonian Artists”, Poland

2011
International Biennial of the Illustration, “Golden Pen of Belgrade”, Serbia
Group exhibition „Me kolmekesi tuleme”, Pskov Art Museum, Russia

2011–2018
Exhibition of artists from the Baltic Sea countries, “Sea Fairy Tales”, Estonia, Finland, Russia, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Estonia

2010–2011
Travelling Exhibition of Estonian Book Illustration, Russia, Finland

2009
Solo exhibition „Christmas Light“, Exhibition Hall of the Parliament of Estonia, Tallinn
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
International Biennial of the Illustration, “Golden Pen of Belgrade”, Serbia
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia

2009–2010
2nd “Blue Book Group”, an international illustration exhibition, Iran, Japan, Spain, Argentina

2007
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
International Biennial of the Illustration, “Golden Pen of Belgrade”, Serbia

2006
Solo exhibition „Nallet, enkelit, hiiri ja niiden ystäväpiiri”, Cultural Centre Cruselli, Uusikaupunki; Puppet Theatre Sampo, Helsinki, Finland
Solo exhibition „Illustrations”, Kondas Centre, Viljandi, Estonia
Solo exhibition „Bears, Angels and Their Friends”, Haapsalu City Gallery, Estonia
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
International exhibition „El desfile de los animales”, León, Spain

2005
Solo exhibition “Book Illustrations”, National Library of Estonia, Tallinn
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia

2003
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
International Biennial of the Illustration, “Golden Pen of Belgrade”, Serbia
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia

2001
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
International Biennial of the Illustration, “Golden Pen of Belgrade”, Serbia
Biennial of European Illustrations in Japan (BEIJ)

About the author

2019
Viive Noor at the Rabka International Festival of Children’s Literature
Viive Noor on a Book Tour in Italy
Viive Noor Received an Honorary Mention in the Sharjah Illustrations Exhibition
Esce “Tamburopoli”, testo italiano, immagini estoni (Estonia Magazine, Italian)

2016
Exhibition of Viive Noor’s Illustrations “Christmas is Coming”

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