Simply put, Kevin Luthardt is a visual storyteller.
As far back as he can remember, Kevin has always been fanatical about drawing and telling stories through both images and words. Thankfully, he grew up in a household that enouraged hard work and the development of his creativity. This passion for art and "visual storytelling" inspired him later to formally study painting at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and seek a career in the arts. The childlike sensibilities in his work and his diverse experience working with and teaching kids has led Kevin to focus his work on children and families.
Kevin is now an author and illustrator of children's picture books, a painter, muralist, and teacher. He has written and/or illustrated eight books for young readers so far. His whimsical, narrative paintings and drawings have been represented by Mars Gallery in Chicago for 14 years. He has created more than 50 large scale mural projects in schools, libraries, and other venues. His work has been featured in or commissioned by Storyopolis in LA, Mazza Museum in Findlay, OH, Chicago Public Library system, Shedd Aquarium, Illinois Library Association, Chicago Public Schools, Kohl Children's Museum, TimeOut Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, ArtCalendar Magazine, ABC News Chicago, and countless other entities. He is very committed to using his work to teach and inspire students of all ages in inner-city, suburban, rural, and cross cultural settings alike. He presents programs and presentations in about 40-50 schools, libraries, and other venues each year. He currently lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three boys (soon to be four!).