Friso Henstra was born in Amsterdam on the 9th of February 1928.
As the son of a painter he started drawing at the age of four.
He took drawing classes for two years at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, until he was send to Indonesia for military service in 1948.
When he returned he took sculpting lessons for three years.
Since 1952 he worked professionally as an illustrator. His first drawings were published in the satirical magazine Mandril, newspaper Het Parool and children’s magazine Olidin.
His illustrations for Honderd Eeuwen by C. Wilkeshuis made him well known by school children.
His picture books are mainly published in The Netherlands en The United States and he illustrated a lot of book covers for various writer’s.
From 1969 until 1986 he teached drawing classes at de Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Arnhem.
Friso died in Amsterdam on the 28th of september in 2013.