kai skye (who many of you also know as brian andreas)
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 over 25 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 nineteen books - filled with colorful drawings & short stories that, through the years, have accompanied so many of you 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. Woodworking. Inviting others to look at stories in a whole new way.
Listening to what people can create in the world together.
*After an acrimonious divorce finalized in 2019, Kai lost his old company & copyrights of which he was sole author/artist prior to 2012 - he no longer has anything to do with his former company or any say in the quality or design of products they create that continue to carry his name & unique style. There is no financial or personal relationship between Kai & StoryPeople. (read more)
In order to move forward, Kai reserves use of his former name Brian Andreas & continues to create under his new legal name, Kai Skye. He now uses a unique personal signature & we add our studio signature to pieces so you know when you're working with & supporting the original maker & artist.