Artist Showcase - Romas Kukalis


Born Romas Kukalis, in Toronto, Canada, but known professionally by his first name (to spare art directors the challenge of pronouncing his last name) Romas moved to the United States in 1960 and became a U.S. citizen in 1989. After graduating from Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut in 1978 he immediately began working for book and magazine publishers and advertising agencies in New York City. Although fantasy and science fiction are his main interests, he has illustrated a variety of subjects for such diverse clients as TV Guide, Readers Digest, Omni, Marvel Comics, the D.C. Comics Batman Masters Series, Seagrams, Hasbro, The Bradford Exchange, and The Danbury Mint. Some of Romas's best-known SF/F covers include Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, Anne McCaffrey's The Rowan series, and the popular Chronicles specialty books related to Scholastic Books' young adult Animorphs series.

Known for his sharply rendered figures and moody realism, Romas works in acrylics, and often finishes the paintings with oils. Instead of formally signing his work, he integrates his name "Romas" into the design of every illustration, and in newer works he hides his wife's nickname "Al" (Alison) as well - which adds an element of fun for collectors! His images have appeared on more than three hundred book covers and on a wide range of published media, internationally. He has exhibited work at the Society of Illustrators (NY), The Museum of American Art (CT), and in numerous one-man shows throughout New England. Romas won the 1991 World Fantasy Award, and in 2004 he won a bronze medal at the Illustration West 36 competition in Los Angeles. Romas lives in Keene, New Hampshire, with his wife, Allison Barrows, and their daughter, Alexandra and son, Guyon. Barrows is the creator of the nationally syndicated cartoon strip "Preteena", author and artist of two children's books The Artist's Model (1996) and The Artist's Friends (1997) and author of the Goofyfoot Gurl graphic novel series. Romas and Allison are now collaborating on a graphic novel, "Anarchicks".

Note: Romas Kukalis's work will be exhibited at LoneStarCon 3 by Worlds of Wonder.

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Artwork: Sovereign