Richard Sala's paintings and prints have been exhibited internationally and his animated serial, "Invisible Hands" appeared on MTV's Liquid Television. He has done illustrations for many magazines and newspapers, including Esquire,Newsweek, Playboy, The Washington Post and The New York Times. He provided the artwork for a story by Lemony Snicket in one of the series of Little Lit children’s books and did over sixty drawings for Jack Kerouac's recently discovered Dr. Saxscreenplay. A new adaptation of Dracula by horror writer Steve Niles, published in Fall 2005, contains twenty-two new color paintings by Sala.
His comic strip work officially debuted in an issue of Art Spiegelman's historic RAWmagazine and his earliest strips were subsequently collected in the books Hypnotic Tales (1992) and Black Cat Crossing (1993). A one-shot comic, Thirteen O'Clock, was published by Dark Horse in 1992, and he wrote and drew a number of full-color comic strips for Nickelodeon Magazine from 1993 to 1995.
From 1995-1997, Sala began his association with Fantagraphics Books with the creation of one of the most engaging comic book narratives of the decade: the 200-page graphic novel The Chuckling Whatsit, originally serialized in the pages of the anthology Zero Zero and collected into a single volume by Fantagraphics in 1997.
In 1998 Sala began an ongoing comic book series called Evil Eye, which featured the Grimm's fairy tales-meets-B-movie horror adventures of a mysterious and clever young waif. These stories were collected in the book Peculia(2002). Since then, Evil Eye has morphed from a regular comic book into a line of mini-graphic novels, the first of which, Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires, was released in the Summer 2005, followed by The Grave Robber's Daughter in 2006. Fall 2005 saw the publication of horror-thriller Mad Night, also from the pages of Evil Eye and also published by Fantagraphics. In 2003, Fantagraphics released a collection of Sala's hard-to-find and long out-of-print stories (including the entire issue of Thirteen O'Clock) entitled Maniac Killer Strikes Again! Sala's first original full-color graphic novel for Fantagraphics, The Hidden, was released in 2011. And Sala's miniseries Delphine, a modern-day reimagining of the Snow White story told from the point of view of the "prince," received multiple Ignatz Award nominations in 2007 and 2009, and is now collected in a 2013 hardcover..
Richard Sala lives in Berkeley, California.