Ralph Lazar

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Ralph Lazar
Ralph Lazar, California, 2016
Ralph Lazar, California, 2016
Born1967 (age 51–52)
Johannesburg, South Africa
OccupationArtist, Author, Illustrator
NationalitySouth African, British
GenreArt, Illustration
Notable worksHarold's Planet, Happiness Is
Notable awardsParents' Choice Awards
2006, 2009, The New York Times Best Seller list 2015

Ralph Lazar is a South African artist, illustrator and a New York Times Bestselling author.[1]


Ralph Lazar was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1967, and has degrees in law & economics from the University of Cape Town and The London School of Economics. After university he worked at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse First Boston.

He is married to the artist Lisa Swerling, has two children, and lives in Marin County, California


Ralph Lazar’s art contemporaneously documents global politics, with a focus on the US. Lazar creates pieces in real-time, as the news unfolds. His work has been showcased at Miami Context (Art Basel), The LA Art Show, Art Palm Springs and Art Market San Francisco amongst others.

Illustration & Writing[edit]

Partnering with his wife Lisa Swerling, he is also known for his illustrative works Happiness Is, Harold's Planet, Vimrod and The Brainwaves.

Happiness Is was first published by Chronicle Books of San Francisco. Rights have been sold in 20 languages. Harold's Planet and Vimrod have been published by Penguin Books, Harper Collins and Andrews McMeel and sell as greetings cards in the millions.[2] The Brainwaves are cartoon characters that populate Dorling Kindersley's children's reference titles, published in 22 languages.

Their artwork appeared weekly in The Financial Times and The Scotsman from 2006 to 2009. With Lisa Swerling, he co-authored the book Me Without You which was on the New York Times Bestseller List in March 2015.

Awards and nominations include The Royal Society Prizes for Science Books (shortlist - 2008), Annecy International Animated Film Festival Grand Prix winner 1998 (International Project Competition), The Royal Society Prizes for Science Books (shortlist - 2007 [3]), The Washington Post Book of the Week (April 2007[4]) and The Parents' Choice Award 2006[5] and 2009 .[6]


  1. ^ "New York Times Bestseller List March 2015". New York Times. 2015-03-31. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  2. ^ "Company Profiles". Licensing Biz. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  3. ^ "Happiness wins science book prize". BBC. 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
  4. ^ "How Nearly Everything Was Invented". The Washington Post. 2007-04-15. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
  5. ^ "How Nearly Everything Was Invented". Parents' Choice Foundation. 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
  6. ^ "The Most Explosive Science Book in the Universe... by the Brainwaves". Parents' Choice Foundation. 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2009-06-26.

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