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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Illustrator Non-Fiction Science_Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois



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Sibley grew up on Chicago's Westside/Southside and in Robbins before graduating from Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Blue Island. He studied at Kennedy King College in Chicago and graduated from the Art Institute in Chicago 1994. He currently resides in Aurora.

Biographical and Professional Information

John H. Sibley is an accomplished artist and author. Art and music have always been a part of his life. Sibley grew up in a household listening to his father play the boogie-woogie on his Steinway Grand Piano. Sibley is a 1994 graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Fine arts Degree.

Upon his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, he went on to study at Kennedy & King College in Chicago and later graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a homeless artist on Chicago's violent streets for six months which is the basis for his memoir - Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist.

Over the years, he has worked as a CNN courtroom artist, caricaturist, Chicago tour guide, janitor and a brief stint years later, as a schoolteacher. Now retired, he is pursuing his passion of writing, painting and perfecting his billiard game. Some of his paintings are owned by Mike Tyson, Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley, former NBA player John Salley, just to name a few. He created the cover art and illustrations for "Hannibal," a graphic novel by author Ken Sabanda and painted the oil portrait of his great grandmother that appears on the eBook cover of "HEX".

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