Matthew Rivera



Hi! Thanks for checking out my site.

I'm an illustrator from central Arizona where I grew up on a diet of Tom and Jerry cartoons, Brady Bunch reruns and Star Wars. In fifth grade I won the program design contest for my school’s Christmas musical, "Santa and the Snowmobile". I've been in love with illustration and design ever since.

I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and then moved to Los Angeles. I worked many years as an art director for agencies, large corporations and toy companies.

Now, I make art and write stories for kids!

You can find me at my desk–painting, drawing and writing; listening to classical music while sipping unlimited cups of coffee.



Free Spirit Publishing: "I'm Happy Sad Today," Fall 2019 release

Albert Whitman: "Operation Photobomb," Fall 2019 release


Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Awards and Achievements

SCBWI Central California Artworks 2018 portfolio showcase winner's featured illustrator of the month: August 2017

SCBWI Southern California Agent's Day 2016: portfolio contest winner

SCBWI Illustrators Day 2015: Professionals Choice portfolio winner

SCBWI Los Angeles Chapter 2015 Mentorship Contest winner