Vladimír Jiránek was born on 6 June 1938 in Hradec Králové and studied journalism at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague.
He was an illustrator and cartoonist who worked as a freelance artist his whole life. He collaborated with a number of magazines, such as Dikobraz, Mladý Svět, Melodie, Technický Magazín, Literární Noviny and Živa. In the final years of his life, he collaborated with the daily newspapers Lidové Noviny, Mladá Fronta DNES and Hospodářské Noviny, the magazine Reflex, and the website Neviditelný Pes.
He illustrated dozens of books, such as How I Defended Nature (J. Velek, 1980), Parkinson's Laws (C.N. Parkinson, 1984), Entry to Paradise Prohibited (J. Štroblová, 1987), Stories for Two Feet (J. Velek, 1988), Life as a Relay (J. Marhounová, 1988), Dreams and Dreaming (M. Černoušek, 1988), Journeys and Wanderers (J. Vácha, 1989), The Old Lady is Amused (L. Vaculík, 1990).
As a scriptwriter and director, he collaborated with the Bratři v Triku animated film studio and with AIF on films that won numerous awards in foreign film competitions.
For Czechoslovak television (and later Czech television), he composed the evening cartoon shorts featuring Bob and Bobek and Pat and Mat, in collaboration with director Lubomír Beneš.
Jiránek authored eleven books of illustrations, including Anecdotes on Civilisation (1977), The Nature of People (1983), Humour and Psychoanalysis (1984), Go, and Love One Another! 1987), A Book for Dreamers (1989), Events (1990), We Are All Democrats (1992), Love Stories (1995), Hamlets, Clowns, and Others (1997), The Doctor's Book (1997), and The Forbidden Jiránek (1998), and is co-author of the book Preventing Bad Moods (B. Pečinka, V. Jiránek, 1999). He received the Karel Poláček Award in the "Humour of the Wise" category in 1998, the Medal of Merit (awarded by the Czech president) in 2005, and the Order of the White Ape (an award from the Czech Cartoonists' Union) in 2009.
Vladimír Jiránek passed away on 6 November 2012.