KIRK REINERT is an American fantasy artist who resides in upstate New York. Kirk discovered that drawing was a natural talent at a very early age having been introduced to art by his grandfather, a sports cartoonist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and his uncle, an animator. Although Kirk enjoys working with oils and watercolor, the majority of his paintings are painted with acrylic paint on board.
Kirk graduated from Cooper School of Art with a degree in production art and design but is a self-taught painter. Upon graduation, he worked in advertising as an illustrator and designer and after 3 1/2 years went on to establish his own studio in 1981.
Kirk became one of the leading illustrators in the genres of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. During his career as a book cover artist, he has painted over 200 book covers, including projects such as the ‘Conan the Barbarian’ series and Clive Barker’s novels. He has won many awards including “Cover Artist of the Year” for his “Creepy” and “Eerie” magazine covers at Warren publishing and he has been honored 4 times with the “National Best Book Cover of the Year” awards for work done with Harper/Collins publishers. Also from that era, his book cover paintings were exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in NYC. For the last 18 years, Kirk has concentrated primarily on painting fine art pieces which have shown in galleries across the country and in Japan.