Ad Yack: Season 4, Episode 5: Stephen Kroninger

When you think about it, Life is a collage of memories, relationships, emotions, conversations, and all the little moments cut from the experiences that make up your life.

Nobody understands that better than today’s guest on the podcast. Stephen Kroninger grew up outside of Allentown in the sleepy burb of Orefield, Pennsylvania, and spent his formative years studying commercial art at Lehigh County Vo-Tech. While there, he met a charismatic teacher who was instrumental in helping him understand that an art career was something young Stephen may want to consider. After college, he headed straight for New York City and has never looked back.

Stephen is a provocative collage maker and illustrator whose work has appeared in major U.S. and international publications, and he is also the author/illustrator of three award-winning children’s books. He’s worked with 80’s rap group Public Enemy and comedian Chris Rock and his art has graced the cover of TIME magazine on four separate occasions.

Kroninger’s illustrations have appeared in nearly every major newspaper and magazine in the United States and in many publications worldwide. Kroninger’s work was the subject of an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the only time the museum devoted a one-person show to an illustrator. His artwork can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, and the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., among others.

We yak it up on many topics that included his unique creative process, how he allows for ‘happy accidents’ in his work, and the only advice his father ever gave him that turned out to be life-changing.

Here is my AdYack with the incredible Stephen Kroninger.

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