Edward Koren



“What captures my attention is all the human theater around me. I can never quite believe my luck in stumbling upon riveting mini-dramas taking place within earshot (and eyeshot), a comedy of manners that seems inexhaustible. And to be always undercover makes my practice of deep noticing even more delicious. I can take in all the details as long as I appear inattentive – false moustache and dark glasses in place. All kinds of wonderful moments of comedy happen right under my nose. My low expectations are never disappointed, or, as Lili Tomlin has observed, ‘No matter how cynical I get, I can never keep up.’”

Edward Koren was born in New York City and graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1957. He resides in Vermont with his family.

As a student at Columbia, Koren made his mark as an artist for Jester of Columbia, the college’s humor magazine, of which he was eventually editor in chief. It was in the pages of Jester that he discovered the creatures of his own invention that were to become his career-long companions, at once his offspring and his muse. Koren published his first cartoon in The New Yorker in 1962, the first of more than one thousand to date; he is, of course, best known for his cartoons and covers for that magazine, as well as for his prize-winning illustrated books. Beyond his work for publication, Koren has long been drawing as an end in itself. His art is all about drawing—the sheer fun of it--and the incredible worlds it can open and record.


Work Date:
10 1/4 x 14 5/8 inches
Pen and India ink on BFK Rives paper
Credit Line:
Courtesy of the artist