Biography:

The studio of Michel Bohbot is known internationally not only for its dramatic visuals, but for its focus on service. Bohbot doesn’t create “cookie-cutter” design, but tailors the approach to the need of the client.

He spent part of his youth in Europe, and when he returned to the U.S., Michel constantly scanned the skies for that great American hero, Superman. While he never did find the Man of Steel, comics helped him learn English again and got him drawing.

Majoring in art and biology broadened Michel's range. That was a good thing, because his first illustrations were for a design firm on Park Avenue that was looking for an “everything boy.” Each assignment was different and demanded a unique approach: realism for a bank, punk Lichtenstein for a magazine, cartoony for children or commerce, and ink stippling for medicine. They soon hired him full time. That’s when he got his education in design, and started working on magazines, logos and packaging. Bohbot thrived in that fast-paced, versatile environment.

The technique he learned there has stood him in good stead, whether he’s creating a design for a local client or for one across the ocean. And today Michel Bohbot has his own equivalent of a “one-stop shop”—through his network, clients have access to everything from photography and printing to copywriting and web work, all under one roof.

After some time in New York, Bohbot’s native California beckoned, and he jumped right into the local scene, eventually becoming president of the San Francisco Society of Illustrators. Still seduced by the visual power of comic books, he started illustrating video game covers and adding new techniques to his repertoire, such as 3-D—which came in handy when he began working with Zynga (Farmville, Mafia Wars, etc.). Zynga’s Mike Doonan said of Michel Bohbot’s work, “This series is by far the best stuff we’ve got, and I can’t wait to get it into the game.” On the design front, Bohbot brought that love of color and shape interaction to the process of creating a wide range of marketing material for a new senior living community. Executive Director Donna Spencer said, “As usual, excellent work! A+.”

Michel Bohbot’s work has been featured in several Spectrum Annuals, and has garnered awards from the San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles Societies of Illustrators. Currently, he teaches Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, and 3-D classes at Berkeley City College. He has also taught at the Academy of Art University and lectured at the California College of the Arts. Michel Bohbot contributed chapters to New Riders’ Photoshop Magic and, with brother Dominic, he created Zintara, an illustrated novel, now under consideration for publication.

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