Photo by Matt Mead.


For work inquiries, please email: sam.kalda (at)

Sam Kalda is an illustrator and artist based in Saint Paul. 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 recently illustrated his first picture book, When We Walked on the Moon, written by David Long and published by Wide Eyed Press in 2019.

Client List:

The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Disney Digital, Pentagram, West Elm,, 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,, 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