Josifas Šapiro

  • Josif Shapiro
  • Yosif Shapiro
Type of Entity

General Context

The collector and ex libris aficionado was born in 1921 in Kaunas. He was an engineer and worked for many years at Lithuanian graphic reporduction and printing enterprises. Although Shapiro was not a professional artist, he created about 175 ex libris bookplates dedicated to friends and family and regularly participated at many ex libris congresses and conferences.

Shapiro was best known as a collector of diverse things. He has been written about in the press in Lithuania, USA, Russia and Finland. He exhibited his eclectic collections in cities across Lithuania, Russia and other countries. He received various awards, medals and distinctions over the years for his work as a collector. He died in 2004 in Vilnius.


  • Information provided by the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum.