Born and raised on the island of Hawaii, Kekai Kotaki’s passion for art started at a very young age. According to his biography, he found the sunshine and beautiful scenery of Hawaii distracting so he moved to dreary Seattle to attend art school. After graduating, he found a job at ArenaNet, the makers of the Guild Wars franchise. Through hard work and more than a little luck he progressed to Concept Artist and later Lead Concept Artist on Guild Wars 2.
As a freelance artist Kekai has worked on projects for DC Comics, Valiant Entertainment, Applibot Inc, Fantasy Flight Games, Paizo, Phoenix Age, ROBOT Communications, ImagineFX, Macmillan. and many more.
Vibrant colors and a lot of detail make Kekai’s work stand out from the rest. I just love the free-for-all style, but there is more to it than finely painted action scenes. His work is evocative and the tone solid. His paintings exude a pretty specific ambiance. I enjoy his work because his paintings feel like pure, unfiltered fantasy.
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