Alain Vaes


Born in the South of France, Alain Vaes studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Nice. A painter as well as an international volleyball player, he had gallery exhibits in Paris and Honfleur. His work is in the collection of the French Government.

Since moving to the United States in 1981, he has worked as an artist, a set and costume designer, and as an author and illustrator of children’s books.

The Porcelain Pepper Pot,The Wild Hamster,The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Princess and the Pea,and Puss in Boots, which was in collaboration with Lincoln Kirstein, were published by Little Brown and Company. Reynard the Foxand 29 Bump Streetwere published by Turner Publishing.

He has designed sets and costumes for over twenty-five ballet productions including Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Sonnambula, Songs of the Auvergne, Don QuixoteandCinderella, mainly for the New York City Ballet, but also for the Boston Ballet, the Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, the National Ballet of Flanders, the Charlotte Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Kansas City Ballet, the Royal Danish Theater, and the Sacramento Ballet.

His work has been exhibited at the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Fort Worth Art Museum, the Hudson River Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the McNay Art Museum, the George Adams Gallery and the RJD Gallery in New York.


Available Works


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Oshoi’s Gets His Crown

20" x 23" / 50.8 x 58.4cm
Oil on Linen

Nature Girl

38" x 28.5" / 96.5 x 72.4cm
Oil on Linen

The Donalds

24" x 24" / 61 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas

Mini Robot

34" x 24" / 86.4 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas

Hostess Twinkie

30" x 36" / 76.2 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

Hostess Cupcake

30" x 36" / 76.2 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

Candy Canes

24" x 30" / 61 x 76.2cm
Oil on Linen

Putting Out The Fires

30" x 30" / 76.2 x 76.2cm
Oil on Canvas

Muspole Workshops

24" / 61cm Acrylic on Fiberglass Sphere

Time Capsule

32.5" x 45" / 82.6 x 114.3cm
Oil on Panel

The Vast and Unknowable Universe

36" x 48" / 91.4 x 121.9cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Ladrona De Lunas

11" x 14" / 27.9 x 35.6cm
Oil on Canvas

Buscando Luciérnagas Una Noche De Enero

14" x 11" / 35.6 x 27.9cm
Oil on Canvas

Andrea Kowch: The Feast 300 Piece Puzzle

12" x 16" / 30.5 x 40.6cm

The Truth of Thorns

18" x 18" / 45.7 x 45.7cm
Oil on Panel


72" x 48" / 182.9 x 121.9cm
Mixed Media on Paper


72" x 48" / 182.9 x 121.9cm
Mixed Media on Paper



84" x 72" / 213.4 x 182.9cm
Mixed Media on Vinyl


30 x 24 in


My Mother’s Mandolin

21" x 14" / 53.3 x 35.6cm
Oil on Canvas


17" x 23.5" / 43.2 x 59.7cm
Oil on Canvas

Singing in the Round: Myo-ho

30" x 40" / 76.2 x 101.6cm
Oil and Beeswax on Linen

Under the Collar

16" x 24" / 40.6 x 61cm
Oil on Canvas


30" x 24" / 76.2 x 61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas


72" x 36" / 182.9 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

Rebirth (Diptych)

20" x 48" / 50.8 x 121.9cm
Oil on Canvas


Edinburgh No. 1

19.6" x 7.75" / 49.8 x 19.7cm
Acrylic on Panel

London No. 1

19.6" x 15.6" / 49.8 x 39.6cm
Acrylic on Panel

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