Native New Yorker Richard Amari attended School of Visual Arts and received a B.F.A. in Graphic Art. He has worked on staff in various roles (designer, assistant art director, associate art director) for Dutton Children’s Books, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Philomel Books, and Scholastic Press, Orchard Books, Arthur A. Levine Books.

He has also designed and illustrated books on a freelance basis for Mud Puddle Inc, Macmillan, Sterling Children’s Books, Z-File, Hill and Wang and several imprints of Penguin Books for Young Readers.

Richard also enjoys creating package designs for Mud Puddle.

As a kid on Staten Island, Richard was consumed by Tin Tin, Marvel Comics, and those gruesome horror comics from the 50s. He was delighted to merge his interest in comics with a paycheck when he designed graphic novels such as Queen Bee and the Goosebumps series for Graphix. He also loved working on Graphix’s color editions of Jeff Smith’s Bone series.

He has written, illustrated, and designed his own graphic novels and short stories. 

Richard is currently creating a graphic rendering of a short story written by the notorious occultist, Aleister Crowley.

You may find Richard drawing, designing, writing, hiking and playing drums at home in Putnam Valley, New York.

© Richard Amari 2019