Kim Poor was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1952. Now living in Tucson, he has become one of the world's best known space artists. His unique style and dramatic use of color and perspective has won numerous awards and has been seen in many publications worldwide, including Omni, Science Digest, Discover, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, Germany's Kosmos, and the Russia's popular Ogonjok. His book credits include Smithsonian Books, Time-Life Books and Carl Sagan's Comet. Movies and TV often use his work as background props as in Alien Nation, Seaquest and Babylon 5.
Kim's artwork is found in textbooks, encyclopedias, planetarium shows and scientific presentations. His work has been commissioned by the National Air & Space Museum and is found in collections worldwide, including those of many astronauts and NASA personnel. He headed up an American delegation of space artists who were brought to Moscow, USSR in 1987 to display their work for the thirtieth anniversary of Sputnik. His work hangs in the Yuri Gagarin Museum in Star City, Russia. This was one of the first overtures of Gorbachev's glasnost, and resulted in an ongoing series of cooperative workshops between Russian and American artists. Their efforts culminated in a joint exhibition at the National Air & Space Museum in 1992.
Tucson is surrounded by more than 25 major observatories and is home to hundreds of top astronomers. From this base of knowledge and his own research, he painstakingly renders his subjects. Kim lives in the mountains outside of Tucson with his wife, Sally, daughter Kelsey, and son, Nathan. He was first President of the IAAA, the international guild of space artists, which was founded by Kim, Michael Carroll and STAR TREK artist/technical advisor Rick Sternbach. Kim's Novaspace Galleries is a leading source for work by Kim, Alan Bean, and other noted space artists and for astronaut-autographed memorabilia.