Bruna's style of illustration – particularly Miffy's striking graphic, considered by many to be a design icon of the twentieth century – made him a household name in many parts of the globe. Inspired by Matisse, Léger and Mondrian, he always worked in 2D, using simple shapes, strong black outlines and a limited palette of primary colors. He believed each illustration should stand alone as a piece of art, yet never lost the ability to see life through the eyes of a child. As a result, Bruna created a world of perfectly formed pictograms, instantly recognizable and adored by people of all ages.
Asked to explain his success, Bruna replied: "I think it is because I spend a long time making my drawings as simple as possible, throwing lots away, before I reach that moment of recognition. What matters is reducing everything to its essence. Every shape captures the imagination, and I leave plenty of space for children's imagination."
He is survived by his wife, three children and six grandchildren.
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