Chris Cocozza, an award winning romance book cover artist,
has illustrated over 500 book covers for major publishers
across the United States and around the world.
Jack Davis, one of Mad Magazines' creators and famed cartoonists,
recognized Chris’s talent and helped to mentor him early in his artistic life.
Mr. Davis provided perspective, insight and grounding
at a very critical time, and helped Chris to understand the
demands and commitments needed to pursue an artist's life.
Chris started his academic career by studying in New York City
at various institutions of higher education; The School of Visual Arts,
The Arts Students League and the National Academy of Design
where he honed his skills as a traditional painter and draftsman.
Following in the footsteps of some of his most inspirational artists
and teachers, Chris set out to traditionally paint the figure for the
book cover industry, first breaking in with the western and young
adult genres, and expanding to romance, action and mystery genres.
In the early 90's, with the advent of digital media, Chris made
the transition to the new techniques, technology and tools without sacrificing his mastery of the "traditional techniques".
Chris was one of the first romance illustrators to embrace the new technology and continues to be one of its foremost pioneers into the 21st century. His work is studied in many universities across the country.
Chris continues to embrace the incredible joy creating great illustrative images bring to him and others.
Born in Bronx, New York, Chris now makes his home in
bucolic Litchfield county Connecticut, with his wife and
one miniature poodle.
Some of Chris's clients include:
Soap Opera Digest