Kadir Nelson

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Date of Birth May 15, 1974
Place of Birth Washington, DC
Age 46 years old
Horoscope Taurus

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Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson is a Los Angeles–based painter, illustrator, and author who is best known for his paintings often featured on the covers of The New Yorker magazine, and album covers for Michael Jackson and Drake. His work is focused on African-American culture and history. The New York Times describes his work as: "sumptuous, deeply affecting work. Nelson's paintings are drenched in ambience, and often overt symbolism.

About Kadir Nelson

Known for his African-American history and culture-themed work, Nelson illustrated the Caldecott Honor-winning book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and received a 2001 NAACP Image Award for his artwork for Will Smith's publication Just the Two of Us.

Before Fame

Early in his career, he illustrated author Debbie Allen's 1999 book Brothers of the Knight and Deloris and Roslyn Jordan's 2000 work Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream.


He exhibited his artwork at both New York's Society of Illustrators and Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance.

Family Life

He is the son of motivational speaker Emily-Diane Gunter.


He both wrote and illustrated a 2013, Coretta Scott King Honor-winning book titled Nelson Mandela.

Information related to Kadir Nelson

  • Artists from San Diego
  • Children's non-fiction writers
  • Caldecott Medal winners
  • Painters from Washington, D.C.
  • American production designers
  • Album-cover and concert-poster artists
  • Painters from California
  • American children's book illustrators
  • Pratt Institute alumni
  • American graphic designers
  • The New Yorker people
  • African-American artists
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Latest information about Kadir Nelson updated on October 21, 2020.

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