John Sauer – Minneapolis based illustrator and painter.

I work with both traditional and digital media and have had a wide variety of satisfied clients locally and nationally. A partial list of clients includes: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. 3M, General Mills, Target, Winsor Publishing, Prolific Games, Carleton College, plus many area designers. More recently: a large number of paintings in private collections around the U.S. and Europe.  (more below…)


I’ve been making art in some form for most of my life. I attended the University Of Wisconsin Milwaukee for 3 years (’85-’88). From there, I moved to Minneapolis and continued to make art.  I settled into a day job, played music at night, and in between I explored painting, drawing, prop making, print making, design, and took a great interest in the fast growing digital options available. Soon I was out on my own doing professional illustration work. Within a couple of years I was introduced to the Minneapolis web design company Designstien, was hired shortly after, and was with them for three years. It was an intense creative and learning period. I got to work with some incredibly talented designers and developers on the job, not to mention all the talented and supportive friends in the business outside the job. It gave me the added skills and confidence I needed when I moved on. I’ve been working independently since then. In recent years I’ve been hanging and selling my paintings and prints. They’ve been well received and that has firmly set my dedication to an independent path. I’m more passionate about art than ever in my life and when schedules and budgets allow, I’m available for illustration work as well.

Please feel free to contact me with questions you have regarding art, illustration, or anything here at johnsauer.com.
Thanks for visiting! -John

p.s. I firmly believe pencil boxes contain magic.