Michael Paraskevas has been an illustrator since graduating from The School of Visual Arts in 1984. He then went on to receive his MFA from SVA in 1986. He’s worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few.
Michael Paraskevas has also illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two went on to create and write the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon. Two of their other books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. Betty passed away in 2010 and Mickey continues to work on animated projects for a variety of companies.
His large scale beach paintings have sold all over the world through his gallery in the Hamptons where he has lived and called home for the last 30 years.
Michael Paraskevas works in acrylic, oil, watercolor or whatever the mood suits him at the moment. He also works digitally since the demands of the current illustration market requires quickness and the ability to change things at the last minute.
Michael is always working on something. He is currently writing and drawing a weekly comic, The Green Monkeys for Dan’s Papers. He is also writing and drawing Lili and Derek with his wife Maria.
Michael Paraskevas likes to draw and doodle on his iPad having fought getting one for ages. He keeps a wide variety of sketchbooks about all the events he likes to go to.
Creator and Writer/ Executive Producer
The Tangerine Bear Christmas Special ABC
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast NickJr
Kids from Room 402 Fox Kids
Marvin the Tap Dancing Horse PBS
Currently Running Comic
Lili and Derek (6 days a week)
The Green Monkeys (weekly)
Taffy Saltwater (Random House)
Mr. Moon (Crown Books)
Children's Books with Maria Bruno
Lili and Derek
Children's Books with Sarah Maizes
On My Way to Bed
On My Way to School
On my way to the Bath
Children's Books with Betty Paraskevas
The Tangerine Bear
Kids from Room 402
The Ferocious Beast
Junior Kroll and Company
A Very Kroll Christmas
The Strawberry Dog
Hoppy and Joe
On the Edge of the Sea
Chocolate at the Four Seasons
Peter Pepper's Pet Spectacular
Cecil Bunions and the Midnight Train
The Big Carrot (A Ferocious Beast Book)
The Big Scare (A Ferocious Beast Book)
Around the World with Junior Kroll
Marvin the Tap Dancing Horse
The Green Monkeys (Disney, Paramont, Nickelodeon Films)
Peter Pepper (Nelvana)
Jerolemon Street (Nelvana)
Leo Spats Ratcatcher (Fox Feature Animation, Paraskevas Studios)
Taffy Saltwater (CCI, Saban, Warner Bros.)
Cricket and Wren (Paraskevas Studios with Tomato Queen Productions)
Lili and Derek (Paraskevas Studios with Tomato Queen Productions)
Open the Door
Cricket and Wren
Squeaks and Sniffles