Matthew Rivera

About

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Hi! I'm an illustrator from Arizona where I grew up on a diet of Tom and Jerry cartoons, Brady Bunch reruns and Star Wars films. When I was ten, I won the program cover contest for my elementary school’s Christmas musical, "Santa and the Snowmobile". I've loved art and illustration 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!

Find me working at my desk with a large cup of coffee and with Mavis, my pet rabbit, snoring at my feet; while endless loops of ‘The Golden Girls’ plays in the background.

Clients
Sourcebooks
Macmillan: Feiwel & Friends, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Sounds True
Albert Whitman
Free Spirit Publishing

Member
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Awards and Achievements
SCBWI Central California Artworks 2018 portfolio showcase winner
SCBWI.org'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