Vanessa Flores is a writer and illustrator 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 at Seminole Community College and graduated from the University of Central Florida 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 EAT BUGS: PROJECT STARTUP (Penguin Workshop, February 2021) and a contributing artist for IN THE SPIRIT OF A DREAM (Orchard, October 2021). She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an Orlando Giant Illustrator.
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For professional inquiries, please contact Vanessa's agent Christy T. Ewers at email@example.com.