After studying oil painting in Tokyo, KAZUHIKO SANO came to America to study illustration at the ACADEMY OF ART College in San Francisco. Since then, Kazu has created memorable images for an incredibly diverse group of clients. As a painter of colorful movie posters, he has worked for DISNEY, UNIVERSAL, MGM/UA, PARAMOUNT and LUCASFILM. He has done numerous book covers, including the artwork for the popular SPENSER novels by ROBERT B. PARKER. Kazu has created striking work for many corporate clients who include IBM, AT&T, AMERICAN EXPRESS, COCA COLA and GENERAL ELECTRIC. Kazu's work has been on display around the world and in his home land of Japan.
The work that appeared in his show there, RETROSPECTIVE 1980 - 2000, and his 2001 SKETCHES OF EUROPE exhibition were collected in the recently published, RETROSPECTIVE 1980 -2000: THE ARTWORK OF KAZUHIKO SANO. His many awards include a GOLD MEDAL from the SAN FRANCISCO SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS, and the PATRICK NAGEL AWARD from the LOS ANGELES SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS.