Assistant Professor of Illustration
A native of Mexico City, Héctor Casanova graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998 with a double major in Illustration and Art History. He has been working as a fine artist and illustrator in Kansas City for over 20 years, doing work for collectors, magazines and corporations nationally and abroad. His work ranges from editorial illustration and comics to large mural projects and multi-media collaborations with other artists and musicians. As a staff artist at The Kansas City Star (’99-’15), he illustrated hundreds of articles and magazine covers, winning a handful of awards and accolades. He was co-founder and curator of the Green Door Gallery, an alternative art space dedicated to showcasing the work of established and emerging artists from Kansas City and beyond.
His comics work includes Screamland with writer Harold Sipe (Image Comics), and The Lurkers with writer Steve Niles (IDW), as well as his own weekly comic strip Guffman & Godot. Héctor has received awards from American Illustration, Print and Society of News Designers, and was the recipient of The Pitch’s 2008 Mastermind Award for his artistic contributions to Kansas City.