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Kinuko Y. Craft


Kinuko Y. Craft considers her self a story teller. She is one of the most widely respected and well known fantasy artists in the United States today. Her narrative art has included paintings for the book covers of many well known fantasy authors including Raymond E. Feist, Stephen King, C. S. Lewis, Marion Zimmer Bradley and many more.

She has also created paintings for opera posters, fairy tale books and covers for many national magazines. During her career she has become known for meticulous attention to detail, a passionate love of fine art and a deep knowledge of art history.

Ms. Craft is a graduate, BFA 1962, of The Kanazawa Municipal College of Fine and Industrial Art (known in Japan as The Kanazawa Bidai). She was born in Japan and came to the United States in the early sixties where she continued studies in design and illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a year and a half.

Subsequently, she worked for several years in well known Chicago art studios. By the end of the decade her work was in wide demand and she had begun her long and successful career as a free-lance illustrator. For most of this time she worked in editorial and advertising markets where her work regularly appeared in national magazines and newspapers. Since the mid 1990's, she has concentrated on children's picture books, fantasy book jackets and poster designs.

As a testament to the quality of her creations, Ms. Craft has won well over a hundred awards during her career, and many of her paintings now reside in public and private collections across the globe.

Kinuko Y. Craft currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Mahlon.


Her work is currently represented by Graphic Collectibles, an on-line gallery offering her original art and fine-art limited edition giclée prints

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