Arik Moonhawk Roper

Arik Moonhawk Roper attended the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1991-1995 specializing in cartooning, illustration, and screen printing. He began his early career primarily working with bands creating album art for cds and records for which he developed a devoted following.  He soon moved into storyboarding for commercial and ad agencies, then onward into animation design, book and magazine illustration, visual design for music industry artists, and art direction for creative groups and game companies. Roper’s work encompasses a diverse field of design and distinct style, ranging from black and white illustration, to meticulous lettering and logo design, to rich abstract psychedelic color and landscapes that often seem to exist in their own universe. The imagery springs from the depths of a fertile imagination, invoking psychedelic visions, ancient dreams, and idyllic natural environments. With an interest in mythology, consciousness, psychology, religion and other timeless subjects, Roper mixes the light and the dark within his art to reveal imagery which is at once strangely unique, distantly familiar and always soaked with an earnestly fantastic aesthetic




Partial Client List

Wizards of the Coast

Penguin/Tarcher Books
Warner Bros Animation
Sony/Columbia Records
MTV Animation
RCA Records
Magnolia Pictures
Arthur Magazine
Waxwork Records
Vice Magazine
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Revolver Magazine
Guitar World Magazine
Bill Graham Presents
Drag City Records
Tee Pee Records
Rise Above Records
Southern Lord Records
Strange Attractor Journal
Relapse Records
Real Skateboards
Alien Workshop Skateboards
Bravado Merchandising
Rawkus Records
Instant Live Productions
Wieden and Kennedy
Alternative Tentacles Records
Thrill Jockey Records
Harry N. Abrams
E1 Entertainment
Pacific Northwest Films
Burton Snowboards
Atomic Skis
Land’s End


Joint show with Becky Cloonan
The Flood Gallery, Greenwich, UK. 2016

Brilliant Shadows
A retrospective exhibition of Arik Roper’s art • 2015
SEA Foundation, Tilburg, Project Space Tilburg, Netherlands

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
Group show • 2015
Mondo Gallery, Austin, TX

New Maps of the Abyss
Art show with Skinner • 2014
The Cotton Candy Machine, NYC

When The Lights Go Out
Group show • 2013
Bottleneck Gallery, NYC

Sci Fi Mondo Gallery Show
Group show • 2012
Mondo Gallery, Austin, TX

Tiny Trifecta
Group show • 2011
The Cotton Candy Machine, NYC

All the Colors of the Dark
Group show • 2011
The Awful Nice Gallery, St. Louis, MO.

Solo Art Exhibit
2011 Nepenthes, NYC

Mushroom Magick
Art Exhibit & Book Opening • 2009
Gavin Brown Enterprise, NYC

The Hidden Dimension
Solo Exhibit • 2009
Fuse Gallery, NYC

Solo Art Exhibit
Nepenthes, Tokyo

Cosmic Wonder
Group show • 2005
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco


Interview in The Comics Journal  2/2021    Read it Here

Daily Dead
MondoCon 2016: “Meet the Artist” Q&A with Arik Roper • Link

Brilliant Shadows – Solo show Arik Roper • Link

Expanding Mind Podcast
Arik Roper has a conversation with Erik Davis about art and other ideas. Link

Metal Injection
Arik Roper on Creating Art for SLEEP, HIGH ON FIRE & SUNNO))) • Link

Zero 1 Magazine
Interview • Link

Boing Boing
Arik Roper’s doom rock album art • Link

Hi Lo Brow
Arik Roper Q&A • Link

Cartoon Brew
Artist of the Day: Arik Roper • Link


De Gotham City a Metropolis
French Paper Art Club, Geek Art, and Huginn Munnin • 2016 • Link

Juxtapoz New Contemporaries
Ginko Press • 2012 • Link

Mushroom Magick
Abrams • 2009 • Link

Revisionaries: A Decade of Art in Tokion
Abrams Image • 2007 • Link