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BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres

Kira Lynn Cain is a singer songwriter and visual artist based in Los Angeles.

Born in Palo Alto, California to a family of academics and folk musicians, she has been drawing and singing her whole life.

She owes her approach to working to her time (at San Francisco Art Institute) as a student of academic Anna Novakov, poet Bill Berkson, and conceptual artist Tony Labat.

As an illustrator, Kira works with pen and ink and watercolor, with an eye for the classic, the quiet, and the dreamlike. She begins with lists of words- of associations, structures, and dynamics to keep in mind- then moves on to preliminary sketches and compositional studies, then ink over final drawings, and last comes paint on separate paper using a light table. Her illustrations are found in printed books, signs (including Raising Our Voices, for which she was recently noted by Publisher’s Weekly as a major contributing illustrator), printed materials and menus for The Crescent Hotel Beverly Hills where she is an illustrator-in-residence, and art galleries. As a singer songwriter, Kira has been writing, performing, and recording songs since 2006. Her music has been called “David Lynch meets Philip Glass to write for a spaghetti western” by prominent music critic j. poet and enjoyed kind words from NPR, SPIN, AllMusicGuide, and many others.

She has a great love for both folk songs and children’s picture books and their simple, evocative methods of storytelling.


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