John Picacio is a two-time Hugo Award winner for Best Professional Artist, creating acclaimed artwork for book and product clients such as Penguin Random House, Tor, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Subterranean Press, Pyr, Baen Books, Dark Horse Comics, and many more. He illustrated the best-selling 2012 George R. R. Martin / A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar, and has created iconic art for the Star Trek and X-Men franchises. His body of work features major cover illustrations for authors such as Michael Moorcock, Leigh Bardugo, Harlan Ellison, Brenda Cooper, James Dashner, Frederik Pohl, Dan Simmons, Mark Chadbourn, Sheri S. Tepper, James Tiptree, Jr., Lauren Beukes, Jeffrey Ford, Joe R. Lansdale, and many, many more.
He is the founder of the creative imprint, Lone Boy, which is currently the home for his hugely popular Loteria Grande card series — a bold contemporary re-imagineering of the classic Mexican game of chance. He is currently writing and illustrating a Loteria book — and will be debuting NEW Loteria Grande Cards at this year’s LBX!