Jim Riswold


Jim is arguably one of the world’s greatest creative directors at the iconic and revered Wieden & Kennedy agency.

In 2000 Jim was diagnosed with leukaemia and given a year or two to live. Remarkably, a clinical drug works miracles and 11 years later he is as irreverent and provocative as ever.

Riswold retired from advertising to become a full-time contemporary artist, going from “a career of selling people things they don’t need to making things that people don’t want”.


Irreverence Justified
Jim RiswoldCreativity
BUCKLE UP! Iconic ad man. Cancer survivor. Artist unplugged. Welcome to the genius of the Riz. (Disclaimer — This talk contains strong language & nudity).
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