For more than 20 years, Ed Wexler has been a standout among his peers in caricature illustration, distinguishing himself with his confident, slightly mischevious style, one that depends not on crude exaggeration but instead on insightful observation and fine draftsmanship. He has long been inspired and influenced by the classic work of contemporary caricature illustrators like David Levine, Al Hirschfield, Edward Sorel, Rick Meyerowitz, and Robert Grossman.
Ed's first published illustration appeared in New York Magazine while he was still a student at The Cooper Union in New York City. After graduating, Ed pursued his interest in animation and moved to Los Angeles, where he worked for Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat) as well as for other commercial animation studios. At the same time, he contributed to publications such as California Magazine, Muscle and Fitness, U.S. News & World Report, and The Los Angeles Times.
Over the past several years, Ed’s commissioned work for The Hollywood Reporter’s special Emmy and Academy Awards issues have earned him a reputation as one of the best caricature artists working in print today.
In addition to his career as a freelance illustrator, Ed worked at The Walt Disney Company for 20 years in various key creative roles, including animation direction and design. He served as part of a small, creative problem-solving team that worked in all areas of film and television animation production. This group, named Special Projects, provided Disney with animation of both its classic and current characters for television, the internet, and Disney theme parks. Ed also provided expertise in series development, on-air corporate ID and promotions, cutting-edge desktop animation, and many other aspects of digital production.
During his time with Special Projects, Ed co-developed, designed and directed a variety of television pilots for the Disney Channel. His work includes "Disney's Little Einsteins," for which he created a distinctive visual style combining traditional and computer animation with live-action footage, as well as the 3D-animated "My Friends Tigger and Pooh,” for which he designed the new main character. He has also contributed character designs for the Disney Channel show Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Ed currently lives in the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA with his family.