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.

Albert Whitman
Sounds True
Free Spirit Publishing

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