Rick Kitagawa is a visual artist based out of the foggy hills of San Francisco, California. He is a multi-disciplinary artist who paints in acrylic, gouache, and watercolor, illustrates in photoshop, and prints with silkscreen, linocuts, and letterpress. Born and raised in Stockton, Rick moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue his Bachelor’s in Integrative Biology with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. After obtaining his degree, and realizing that only art could make him happy, he left Berkeley for San Francisco, where he studied fine art and illustration at the Academy of Art University.
Rick currently resides in San Francisco with his partner and fellow artist Eve Skylar. Together they’re working on changing the world through art via Monkey + Seal. Rick believes that he must “Create or Die.” He also teaches workshops and classes, is co-owner of Big Umbrella Studios, and prints t-shirts for The Lords of Print.
Rick also offers his services as a marketing consultant for artists. He is also currently accepting new clients for commissions, illustrations, and is searching for live painting opportunities.