Duncan Tonatiuh

This author appeared at the 2012 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Duncan Tonatiuh at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

Duncan Tonatiuh’s Diego Rivera: His World and Ours is a charming book that introduces one of the most popular artists of the 20th Century to young readers. It tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world. Tonatiuh also prompts readers to think about what Diego would paint today. Just as Diego's murals depicted great historical events in Mexican culture or celebrated native peoples, if Diego were painting today, what would his artwork depict? How would his paintings reflect today's culture? As they consider these questions, perhaps young readers will be inspired to created artwork of their own by Tonatiuh’s own illustrations. “Both solid introduction and exhortation, this book will thrill budding artists,” says Kirkus Reviews, giving the book a starred review. The book won the 2012 Pura Belpré illustration award for a work that best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books. It also received the 2012 Tomás Rivera Mexican American children's book award, which the Festival is proud to collaborate with. Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He is a recent graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, where he studied writing and illustration. His first book, Dear Primo, was published in spring 2010 and was featured at the Festival. He divides his time between New York City and Mexico.

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