Friso Henstra was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1928. He studied drawing and sculpting at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, and became an illustrator and comic artist. His first drawings appeared in magazine Mandril. Together with writer W. Schippers, he created the comic strip 'Olidin' for the magazine with the same name. The strip ran from 1957 until 1963. Henstra also drew the strip 'Florestan' for magazine Haak In.
In 1968, Henstra became a teacher at the Art Academy in Arnhem and the book 'De Koningskruistocht' appeared, written by Jay Williams and illustrated by Henstra. The American writer was so impressed with Henstra's drawings that he asked him to illustrate his book 'The Practical Princess'. Soon, Friso Henstra's career made an international breakthrough, and he was many awarded prizes for illustrated books like 'The Silver Wistle', 'The Round Sultan', 'Petronella', 'Mighty Mizzling Mouse' and 'Forgetful Fred'. From 1978 he also wrote books himself (which he illustrated as well). The first was 'Wait and See'. In The Netherlands, he made several bookcovers for books like the Barbara Willard series and the Multatuli portraits. In 1992 he received the Gouden Penseel for the book 'Waarom Niet'.
Friso Henstra biografie