Kinuko Yamabe Craft is a Japanese-born American painter, illustrator and fantasy artist. She is most inspired by the works of “Leonardo da Vinci”, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Symbolist painters. She received a World Fantasy Award in 2011.
She was born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan on January 3, 1940. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1962 from the Kanazawa College of Art. After graduating, she came to the United States in 1964 to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she continued her studies in design and illustration. Since then, she have bases in the United States until now. She remaining in the city first to work for several studios, and then to launch a career as a freelance professional in 1970.
She has a passionate love of European fine art and draws on a deep knowledge of European art history in creating her work. Her works is done with a combination of artist oils and watercolor on clayboard gesso panels and it’s noted for her extraordinarily intricate and boldly coloured paintings.
In 1970s, she works for the book covers of many well-known fantasy authors such as Patricia A. McKillip, Juliet Marillier, and Tanith Lee and attract attention. She has also painted cover art for many national magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic.
After 1990, she dealt professionally on fairy tale books , fantasy novel covers and poster design.
~Impressions~ I like her illustration because her works is very beautiful and so delicate. I thought amazing that she was born Japan and artists active in the world. I’m proud of her as the same Japanese.