Miroslav Sasek was born in Prague in 1916 and died in Switzerzerland in 1980. According to cover notes in "Stone is Not Cold", Mr. Sasek trained as an architect in Prague because his parents didn't approve of him becoming a painter. He studied for some time at l'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He escaped from Prague in 1948 when the Communist Party came to power, and settled in Munich (he claimed he would be happy anywhere and ended up in Munich because his wife's work was there). From 1951-57 he worked for Radio Free Europe before starting on the This Is series.
He was married with one stepson. At the time of his death in 1980 he was divorced and living in Paris. He died while visiting his sister Vera in Switzerland.He worked as a painter and illustrator for most of his life.
Like many artists of those years, it's hard to find informations about their lives... The following biography is from the site dedicated to M. Sasek :