Sam Viviano

Born in Detroit, Sam Viviano moved to New York in 1975 to pursue a career in the arts. For over 20 years, he was a successful illustrator specializing in caricature and cartooning, his work appearing in magazines, books and advertising. Most notably, he was a regular contributor to MAD. In 1999, Viviano joined the MAD staff as Art Director — a position he held for the next 19 years.

Viviano won the prestigious National Cartoonists Society award for Best Magazine Illustration in 2009. In 2014 he was inducted into the Media Industry News Design Hall of Fame.

Viviano has lectured extensively throughout the world on his career and the history of MAD. He is proud to have been a member of six USO tours to draw caricatures for U.S. troops stationed in Europe and the Middle East.

He lives in New York City with his wife Diane, their daughter Alicia and an exuberant cairn terrier named Jason

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