Artist Rod Cameron was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Echo Park, Los Angeles, where he attended the Otis Art Institute and later studied at the Art Students’ League of New York. After college, he was selected for prestigious two-year painting apprenticeship in Palm Springs, CA, with Keith Ward of the fabled Dick & Jane early readers.
Rod worked as a very successful designer/illustrator for over 20 years, with such clients as The Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros., and Hasbro. He has created thematic store design concepts for airports including LAX (Los Angeles), JFK (New York) and SFO (San Francisco), among many others. Rod has also illustrated many published books and has received over 60 awards for artistic excellence, including 7 National Ben Franklin Gold and Silver awards. His work is archived in some of the top universities in America, including the University of Connecticut Library Archives, and in 2014 his illustrations were placed on permanent display at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, Japan, which receives over one million visitors a year.
In 2001, Rod moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, turning his creative focus toward painting full-time. In 2010 and 2011, Rod created the International Merrie Monarch Festival of paintings (one of the most viewed events in the islands), which were published as posters by the Hawaii Visitors’ Bureau. Rod has also been endorsed by the Hilo Hawaii Visitors’ Bureau.
Rod Cameron’s fine art paintings and murals have been collected and commissioned worldwide – one of his very first murals still resides at the Palm Springs home of the late actress Ms. Gloria Swanson. Since devoting himself to his passion, he has also enjoyed many successful one-man shows in Hawaii, Prague and most recently in Berlin. Lahaina Galleries is proud to represent this unique and incredibly talented painter.