Sam Kalda is an illustrator and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He was born and raised in South Dakota—which sounds much more exotic than it actually is. His commissioned works include editorial, book, advertising and pattern illustration. In 2017, he received a gold medal in book illustration from the Society of Illustrators in New York. 

His first book, "Of Cats and Men: History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen," was published in 2017 with Ten Speed Press. Purchase here.

He works at The Bakery in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn and teaches at Queens College.

Email: sam.kalda@gmail.com


Client List:

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Pentagram, West Elm, Vogue.com, The Guardian, Penguin, Nordstrom, Oxford University Press, Buzzfeed, Ebony, Real Simple, PLANADVISER, WWD, Bloomsbury, Ten Speed Press, Soho House, The New Republic, NYU, The Boston Globe, Wired, ASOS, Architect Magazine, Wide Eye Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Johns Hopkins University and many more.


Huffington Post, Out.com, Men's Journal, and an interview with Lisa Congdon


The Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, American Illustration 32, 33, 35, 36, World Illustration Awards Shortlist 2015, 2017, Young Illustrators Award Nominee 2013