Born and raised on the outskirts of San Diego, California, Robert Kopecky survived a traumatic childhood, traveled extensively as a young man, and lived a variety of lives as a ski bum, a factory welder, a monumental sculpture fabricator, an underground cartoonist; and finally as an award-winning illustrator, art director, and animation designer for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, PBS Kids, and more.
His journeys – from the remote South Pacific to the capitals of Europe to the deserts of Arizona and the canyons of New York City – were punctuated by three dramatic “Near Death Experiences.” Interspersed through a life of professional successes and personal setbacks, and his own “dark nights of the soul,” the three NDEs, and the subsequent need for answers, led him to years of study and meditation. Elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Gnostic Christianity, physics, philosophy and more, have contributed to his unique transpersonal realizations about life and death. All of which inspired the calling to write his direct, humorous transformational prose, and to joyfully pass along all the lessons he’s learned – obviously the hard way.
“Art, Faith, and the Koko Lion,” robertkopecky.blogspot.com, his popular spiritual/art blog, has been read by thousands. He and his wife, Sue Pike “The Animal Talker,” divide their time between the Upper Delaware Valley in Pennsylvania, and Brooklyn, New York.