brian andreas (who changed his name to Kai Skye)
Brian Andreas legally changed his name to Kai Skye, though he continues to use both names in reference to the entirety of his work as an artist.
For years he's been known around the world for his lyrical work celebrating the strength, beauty & boundless possibility of the human spirit. He's authored fifteen books - filled with colorful drawings & short stories that, through the years, have accompanied so many through the quiet moments of living.
Born in Iowa, raised in Chicago, Kai went to Luther College for a BA in Theater and English. Later on, after he figured out what he really wanted to do, he got an MFA in Fiber and Mixed Media from John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area of California. From there he became an artist-entrepreneur, creating & running a company that would produce & distribute the art he made. Up until 2015, Kai was the sole artist of work sold by StoryPeople*. He ran this company for 24 of those 25 years.
But now, he's headed in a new direction, with a whole new company: an eco-conscious studio that blends his ability to draw, design, & handcraft raw materials with his digital technology prowess. Working daily in the studio, side by side with Fia. Making beautiful things with their hands. Writing. Drawing. Painting. inviting others to look at stories in a whole new way.
Listening to what people can create in the world together.
*After a contentious divorce finalized in 2019, Kai lost his old company & all of the copyrights of which he was sole author/artist prior to 2012 - an unprecedented decision in the courts to split the copyrights of a living artist with someone who had no part of the creation or authorship.
Kai asks that if you do purchase his older work from StoryPeople, that you please request they remove his 'Brian Andreas' signature. They can do that, as everything they create is a from a digital file, replications of Kai's work. Not the originals. Read more.
Due to their lies throughout the divorce process, questionable ethics & continued lack of integrity, Kai has no relationship to StoryPeople or his family.