Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kekai has always had a passion for art. Finding the sunshine and beautiful scenery distracting he moved to dreary Seattle in 2000 to attend art school. After graduating he proceeded to attempt a career at doing art. This meant getting a job at ArenaNet, the makers of the Guild Wars franchise as a lowly texture artist. Through hard work and more than a little luck he was able to become a concept artist.
Kekai can still be found in Seattle. After 5 years as Lead Concept Artist on Guild Wars 2 and 8+ years total at ArenaNet, Kekai has left to go look for new endeavors and to work on his burgeoning illustration career. Additionally, he enjoys traveling the world and doing workshops demonstrating his process and thoughts about art.
ArenaNet, Bungie, National Geographic, Wizards of the Coast, Tor Books, Blur, DC Comics, Valiant Entertainment, Applibot Inc, Harebrained Schemes, Fantasy Flight Games, Paizo, Phoenix Age, ROBOT Communications, ImagineFX, Macmillan, Fantom Print, Eclipse Publishing, Ballistic Publishing, Brilliance Audio, K2 Snowboarding
Publications and Awards
Into the Pixel 2010
Digital Art Masters 5, Cowboy vs Sandworms
Digital Art Masters 4, Warband
The Art of Games 2009 Collection
Fantasy 2 Best Artworks of CG Artists
ImagineFX 41, Cover art, Interview and Tutorial
The Art of Guild Wars 2
The Art of Guild Wars: Nightfall
The Art of Guild Wars: Factions
The Art of Guild Wars