Kiersten Essenpreis grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but later moved to Brooklyn, NY to study at Pratt Institute. There she received a BFA in Communication Design with a minor in Art History. After 11 years in Brooklyn, she has recently relocated back to Chicago, where she continues to work as a freelance illustrator & gallery artist.
Kiersten has been included in the American Illustration Annual 23-25, 27-31, and has shown in galleries across the United States including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, as well as other worldwide cities such as Dublin, London, Tokyo, and the Philippines. Some of her clients include Coach Inc., Reed Krakoff, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Spin, Nylon, Paper Magazine, and Mashable.com.