Vanessa Flores is an artist, illustrator + author raised on plátanos and old-school salsa. She grew up in New York in a Domini-Rican family and finished her high school studies in Puerto Rico. After moving to Florida, Vanessa studied and graduated with a BFA in Art, specializing in graphic design. She worked for several years as a graphic artist at Scholastic Book Fairs, designing and illustrating characters and backgrounds for several Book Fair themes. Continuously inspired by the books she was helping promote, she finally left to pursue a career in children’s book illustration.
Her passion for drawing began at the tender age of 3, when she reached the height of her artistic abilities by drawing her family as sausage-limbed characters on her Etch-a-Sketch. Summers in Puerto Rico fueled her love for mountains and magic. Botanical gardens, dancing, Studio Ghibli movies, and ghost stories are also a few of her favorite things. She loves illustrating humor, magic realism, and repping her culture through the art of storytelling.
Vanessa is the illustrator of the EAT BUGS: PROJECT STARTUP duology (Penguin Workshop), TWINS VS TRIPLETS: BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLITZ (HarperKids) and a contributing artist for IN THE SPIRIT OF A DREAM (Orchard, December 2021). She is currently working on her graphic novel debut MORIVIVÍ (Dial). She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an Orlando Giant Illustrator.
Vanessa Flores is an artist and author raised on plátanos and old-school salsa. Books she has illustrated include the middle school duology EAT BUGS, TWINS vs TRIPLETS: BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLITZ. She was a contributing illustrator for the picture book IN THE SPIRIT OF A DREAM. And she is still slowly, lovingly creating her first middle grade novel, LIKE THE MORIVIVÍ (Dial Books). Vanessa is proud to be part of a diverse group of artists and Latine community in Orlando, FL.
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For professional inquiries, please contact Vanessa's agent Christy T. Ewers at email@example.com.
Vanessa is currently not taking on book illustration jobs from self-publishing authors.
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