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Anita Kunz has recently been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian Honour by her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada.

She has also received an Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, and will receive a second Honorary Doctorate in Boston in spring of 2015.

Anita has lived in London, New York and Toronto, contributing to magazines and working for design firms, book publishers and advertising agencies in Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Portugal, France and England.

She has been published regularly in Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House Publishing and many others. Articles about her work have appeared in Graphis and Novumgebrauchsgrafik magazines (Switzerland), Communication Arts and Step by Step magazine (USA), Idea, Illustration and Creation magazines (Japan), Applied Arts (Canada), Nuvo (Canada) and The Design Journal (Korea).

From 1988 to 1990 she was one of two artists chosen by Rolling Stone magazine to produce a monthly illustrated History of Rock ‘n Roll end paper. She has produced cover art for many magazines including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Magazine.

She has also illustrated more than fifty book jacket covers.

Anita frequently teaches workshops and lectures at universities and institutions internationally including the Smithsonian and the Corcoran in Washington DC. She has also lectured at prominent Art Schools such as The Art Center and Otis, both in Los Angeles, The School of Visual Arts and Parsons in New York, and in far flung places including Istanbul and Oslo.

She has also taught summer workshops at the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, and at the Masters of Art degree program at Syracuse University.

She has been honored with many prestigious awards and medals and her critically acclaimed paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries world wide, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and the Teatrio Cultural Association in Rome Italy.

Her works are in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Canadian Archives in Ottawa, the Musée Militaire de France in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and a number of her Time Magazine cover paintings are in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

In 1987 she showed a collection of her works at Canada House in Trafalgar Square London. In 1997 she had a one woman show at the Foreign Press office in New York City, in 1998 she had a solo show at the Creation Gallery in Tokyo, and the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration mounted a mid-career retrospective of her work in the fall of 2000.

She has also had solo shows at the Govinda Gallery in Washington DC and more recently at the Art Institute of Boston.

In the fall of 2003 she was the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

In 2000 she was invited to speak as one of The New Yorker magazine cover artists at the annual New Yorker Festival in New York and she was invited to speak at ideaCity on three occasions, a think tank of luminaries from the fields of medicine, politics, science and the arts in Toronto.

In spring of 2007 Anita gave a presentation about her New Yorker covers at the TED conference in Monterey California.

From 2000 to 2003 she served on the Board of Directors of the Illustration conference. In 2004 she is served as chair for the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration annual exhibit and she has has also served as chair of the Museum Committee there.

She has also made a number of Canadian television and radio appearances.

In 1997 she received the Les Usherwood Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada.

In 2009 she was one of 100 artists asked by Google to contribute an image for Google Chrome along with Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, Dale Chihuly and Vivienne Westwood. That same year she was part of a collection of work curated by Lady Gaga for Polaroid, shown at the Phillips de Pury Gallery in New York.

In 2012 she received the Queen’s Diamond Jublee medal of Honour.

Anita has been named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper.


Curriculum Vitae


BORN 1956 Toronto Canada

EDUCATION ~AOCA degree received from the Ontario College of Art, Toronto (1978)

~DFA.Honorary doctorate received from The Ontario College of Art and Design (2010)

~DFA. Honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2015)




2014 Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome

Homer Watson gallery and Museum, Kitchener Ontario

Ghostprint Gallery, Richmond Virginia

2012 Gallery House, Toronto

2008 Laguna College of Art and Design, California, "Satirical Conclusions"

2007 Art Institute of Boston, USA

2003 Swann Gallery, Library of Congress, Washington DC

2001 The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

2001 The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

2001 Art Institute of Southern California Laguna Beach

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio

2000 Museum of American Illustration, New York, mid-career retrospective

1997 Creation Gallery, Tokyo Japan

1996 University of the Arts, Philadelphia

1995 Govinda Gallery, Washington DC

1994 Foreign Press Center, New York

1988 Midway Forum Gallery, Toronto “Devils in Disguise”

1983 Idee Gallery, Toronto




2016 "Lust and Crime- Nero the Myth", Stadtmuseum, Trier, Germany

2015 "Why we Print about Love", group show, Ceres Gallery, New York City

2014 Royal Canadian Academy annual show, "Hibernus" , Aird Gallery, Toronto

Charlotte Hale Gallery Toronto, Holiday show

Art Miami Basel, Aqua Art Fair, with Ghostprint Gallery

CFA Gallery at the Toronto International Art Fair

Corey Helford Gallery/CIRCA, "Giants among us" Show, Los Angeles

Gallery House Toronto, group show "Evergrande"

Group show "Mass" Portraits of Power, Gallery M, Toronto

Cat show, group show (with Tracey Emin and Shepherd Fairey and others) Los Angeles

Haiyan hurricane art benefit, Savannah Georgia

Feral Creatures, group show, San Francisco, CA

Wolfsonian Museum, Miami, Florida, poster show

Havana Cuba, Vitrina de Valonia Museum, group show

Group show "Silence" Pelanda Contemporary Museum, Rome Italy

Gallery House Toronto, summer group show

MyMicroGallery, Milan, Italy, Liliput show

Graphic Advocacy show, New York City

2013 Last Rites gallery New York City…"Flood 44" group show

"Good Work" show, Arts Center Gallery, Nazareth College, Rochester

"Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age" show, Stephen Paine Gallery,

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston

Pratt Institute, New York, "Graphic Advocacy"

"Graphic Advoccacy: show, Universidad Metropolitana Azcapotzalco, Mexico City

Group show, Gallery House, Toronto

2012 Gallery House Toronto, "Miles to go before I sleep" show

Polar Lines, Allen Library, University of Washington, Seattle

Corey Helfand Gallery, "Motion" show, Los Angeles

Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

Galleria l’Affiche, Milano Italy

Gallery Martel, Paris, Group show

Factory Art, Group Exhibition, Berlin

2011 Richard Goodhall Gallery, Manchester UK

Petits Papier Gallery, Paris

Polaroid 50 50 50 show, special project with Lady Gaga, Philiips de Pury & Co., New York

Corey Helfand Gallery, “In the Nursery” show, Los Angeles

Neubacher Shor Gallery, “Highly Desirables”, Toronto

2010 American Illustration Timeline show, Point Ephemere, Paris

American Illustration Timeline show, Geneva

The Naughty show, 2 person show, Gallery one800, Toronto

“Picture Mechanics” group show, LaLuz de Jesus gallery, LA

Gallery Nucleus, Los Angeles, group show

Cal State University, Carson California, group show

Museum of American Illustration group show

Burger Art Gallery, group show, Union New Jersey

2009 Four Walls Gallery, Dallas Texas, group show

Spazio Dell Arte gallery, Toronto

Villa Bernasconi Museum. Geneva, “AI25 Timeline” show

Museum of American Illustration Group show

2008 Delavan Gallery, Syracuse, “The Last Picture Show”

The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara

Songjiang Museum, Shanghai, China, "Eco X" show

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, "Hansel and Gretel" show

Teatrio, Venice Italy, Female artists show

Dairy Art Center, Boulder Colorado “The Veil. Visible and Invisible Spaces” show

The Wolfsonian Museum, Miami “Thoughts on Democracy” show

Art Basel Miami, “Thoughts on Democracy” show

Williamson Gallery, Los Angeles, "American Illustration 25 Timeline" show

2007 Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, "Eco X" Show

Museum of American Illustration New York, ‘Artists against the War’

GalleryMet, New York, “Hansel and Gretel” show

Selby Gallery, Sarasota, Florida

Quirk Gallery, Richmond Virginia, ‘Tables to Walls’ show

Devos Gallery, Michigan "Another Voice" show

Female Artists show, Naples, Italy

Storyopolis Gallery Los Angeles, two person show

2006 Associazione Culturale Teatrio, Venice Italy

Cube Gallery Ottawa Canada

Bountiful Davis Art Center, Bountiful Utah

Storyopolis Gallery, Los Angeles

2005 The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge Massachusetts “The Art of the New Yorker”

The Maritime Gallery, Mystic Connecticut “Illustrating the sea”

New Hampshire Institute of Art, NH

Heuswater Art Center, Sloane College of Fine Art, Peoria Illinois

Memphis College of Art "Another Voice" show

Galleria Communale d'Arte Contemporanea Al Montirone, Albano Terme Italy

2004 Van Brunt Gallery New York

Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento

The Norman Rockwell Museum, “Women in Illustration: contemporary visions and voices”

2003 Center Galleries, College for Creative studies, “Between the lines” show

Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville Tennessee

2001 Selby Gallery, Sarasota Florida

Northridge Galleries, California State Universitly at Northridge

2000 Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, “America Illustrata” Show

The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge Massachusetts "Eye on America" Show

Rafaella Guidobono Advertainment Inc, Milan Italy. "Booked" show

Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea, Padova Italy, travelling show also in Bolzano,

Reggio Calabria, and Cagliari, Italy

The Art Directors Club Gallery, New York

Il Salone della Cassa di Risparmio, Venice Italy

Wilhelm-Bush Museum, Hannover Germany, “Recent Art of the New Yorker” show

1999 The Norman Rockwell Museum, Massachusetts, “Eye on America” show

1996 The Painted City gallery, Toronto

Leo Kamen gallery, Toronto

Storyopolis, Los Angeles

1995 Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

1993 San Jose State University, USA “the Art of Politics” show

1992 Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo Japan

Itoya Gallery, Ginza Japan

1991 Lustrare Gallery, New York

Illustration Gallery New York, “Erotica show”

Barney's store, NYC, window show

1990 Idee gallery Toronto, group show

1989 Canada House Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, 2 person show

Idee gallery Toronto, group show

The Illustration gallery, New York City

1988 Idee Gallery, Working Women show

Berlingesichtsmuseum, Berlin, group sho

1987 SMU Art Gallery, North Dartmouth Massachusetts, “Public I's” show




2014 200 Best Illustrators, Luerzers Publishing

Illustration Now, Taschen books

2012 Blown Covers, Abrams books

2010 Taschen Books, Portraits Now

Japanese Illustration, issue 186, Tokyo

2009 The world's best Illustrators, Luerzers Archive Publishing

2008 Taschen Books, Illustration Now

2007 An Anthropomorphic ABC, Canada

2005 3x3 Magazine, New York

2002 Nuvo Magazine, Art and Evolution

1995 The Business of Illustration, New York

1993 Creation Magazine, number 17, Tokyo

1992 Novumgebrauchsgrafik, Switzerland, October 10

1999 Illustration Magazine Japan, Tokyo march issue

1996 Illustration America: 25 Outstanding Porfolios

1990 IDEA Magazine number 220, Tokyo

1989 Step by Step magazine, USA October

Applied Arts Quarterly, Canada volume 3

Design Journal Korea, april issue

1986 IDEA Magazine, number 195, Tokyo

1984 Communication Arts Magazine, September, USA

1983 Graphis Magazine, Zurich September




Hamilton King Award, Museum of American Illustration

Inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, 2007

Voted one of the 50 most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper

Lifetime Achievement award from the Advertising and Design club of Canada

Awards from American Illustration new York, 1981-present

Annual awards from CA annuals, 1984-present

Annual awards from Society of Illustration annuals, 1985-2010

Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, 2010

Appointed as an Office of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor, 2010

Recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal of Honour, 2012

Honorary Doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2015



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