John Sauer – Minneapolis based painter and illustrator.

As an illustrator: I 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 local designers.
As an artist:  Each piece is part of a larger story. My goal is to connect with people and share a little something about myself using a variety of themes including landscape, still life, surreal cartoons, and lowbrow pop culture – often with a little humor and a bit of pathos added. Like that really great mix tape that you keep around.


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 in and between work and playing music at night, 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.