Kyriakokos, New York United States
Born in 1913, Chiriaka got a job painting movie and theater posters for the Associated Display Company in
Chiriaka's first pin-ups were for Esquire in 1952. Working in gouache, he produced works that had very distinctive skin tones, especially in their printed form. Chiriaka contributed pin-ups to the 1953 Brown & Bigelow Ballyhoo calendar and later did three additional pin-ups that the firm published as seperate calendars. He also traveled often to
In the late 1930s, Chiriaka had devised wonderful front covers for Western pulp magazines. He later went on to create front-cover Western subjects for the paperback book market, working mostly with Pocket Books and Cardinal Editions. When his career in commercial illustration ended, Chiriaka brought his love of the Old West to the field of fine art. His distinctive style, influenced by Impressionism, established him as one of the greats in the field of contemporary Western painting.
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