Andréi Arinouchkine is a comic artist originally from Baranovichi, Belarus. He made his first painting at age 12, and enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in Minsk at age 15. Because of the Cold War, he had to cut short his studies and join the army. He eventually finished his studies, and upon graduation did his first illustration work for children's publications. After the fall of communism, Arinouchkine began an association with the Russian publisher AST. He made dozens of illustrations for science fiction and children's books, and released his first comic, 'Waterloo', with the Russian publisher Makhaon in 1993.
He headed for Paris, France, in the mid 1990s. He was assigned by Éditions Casterman to illustrate 'L'Oiseau de Feu', Éric Corbeyran's comic adaptation of a traditional Russian folktale, that was released in 1999. He made the illustrations for Gérard Moncomble's fairytale 'Sa majesté de nulle part', that was also published by Casterman in 2001. He settled in France permanently in 2003, the year he released the first installment of the detective diptych 'Hyrknoss' with François Froideval at Casterman. He worked with Tiburce Oger on the fantasy story 'Ewen', that was published by Daniel Maghen in 2008. He then wrote and drew his own heroic fantasy comic, 'Illein, De l'autre côté du miroir', through Nickel Productions in 2011.
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