I draw, and map my mind as I go along.
My work is an organic combination of turn-of-the-century Viennese Retro, interjected with American pop, some European absurdity added for flavor, served on a cartoon-style color palette…
But absolutely no social realisim added.
10% inspiration 90% sweat. 100% natural.
Someone said: “It is not an it, unless it is an observed it.” So I can only see, what makes sense to me.
If I am lucky to have that, immediately a picture comes to mind.
Now I just have to draw it.
Try to get as close to that imaginary thing as possible.
it is all imitation, a semiotic game…a play from there.
Also works as therapy and – keeps me out of jail!
Illustrator, animator, designer
Education: BFA, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
Books Include: Zoom; R.E.M.: Rapid Eye Movement; The Other Side; Minus Equals Plus; Re-Zoom
Regular Contributor to: The New Yorker, The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Time, Fortune, O, Readers Digest’, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and Reuters.
Cover Art for: American Illustration No. 18, Sony Records, Verve Records, Capitol Records, Webster’s Dictionary and Encyclopædia Britannica
Animated Short Films for: Nikelodeon and MTV Europe
Clients Include: Viking Books/Penguin Books, Chronicles, Saatchi & Saatchi, NBC, Random House… and many more!
Awards and Honors Include: Gold Medal, Society of Illustrators; Silver Medal, 3x3; Ten Best Books of the Year, The New York Times Book Review; “One of the Top 150 Illustrators,” Taschen Publishers; Children’s Choices Award, American Library Association; Children’s Choices Award, International Reading Assoication; Best Books, Publishers Weekly; Notable Children’s Books, Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children
Professor Emeritus, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
- Ist-One in American Illustration No. 31
- Istvan Banyai Takes on Hungary (Extremely Hungary)
- Tails of the City for the LA Times Magazine
- She’s Fit to be Tied for The New York Times
- Ladies: You’re Not as Good as You Think for Esquire
- The Other Side (Excerpt, Chronicle Books)
- Ist-One for The Atlantic
- Zoom (Video, Encyclopedia.com)
- New Yorker Covers for Sale (Condé Nast Collection)
- Ist-One on Amazon.com