John Picacio

JOHN PICACIO is one of the most acclaimed American artists in science fiction and fantasy over the last decade, creating best-selling art for George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, as well as the STAR TREK and X-MEN franchises. Major clients include Penguin Random House, Tor Books, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Saga Press, Pyr, Baen Books, Flatiron Books, and many more. His body of work features major book illustrations for authors such as Michael Moorcock, Leigh Bardugo, Harlan Ellison, James Tiptree, Jr., Frederik Pohl, Sheri S. Tepper, Lauren Beukes, C. Robert Cargill, Jeffrey Ford, Joe R. Lansdale, and many, many more. His accolades include two Hugo Awards, eight Chesley Awards, two Locus Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and the Inkpot Award. He’s the founder of the creative imprint, Lone Boy, which has become the launchpad for his Loteria Grande cards, a bold contemporary re-imagineering of the classic Mexican game of chance. In 2018, he became only the third person to serve as Guest of Honor and Hugo Awards Master of Ceremonies at the same Worldcon. Upon realizing he was the first Mexicanx creator ever honored as a Worldcon GoH, he founded The Mexicanx Initiative, spearheading the journey of 42 Mexicanx creators into the wider awareness of the science fiction / fantasy field. For more, please visit

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