Matthew Rivera is an illustrator from central Arizona where he grew up on a diet of Tom and Jerry cartoons, Brady Bunch reruns and Star Wars. In fifth grade Matthew won the program design contest for his school’s Christmas musical, “Santa and the Snowmobile”. He’s been in love with illustration and design ever since.

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

Now, Matthew makes art and writes stories for kids!

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

Visit his website here

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

Represented by Andrea Cascardi .

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