Illustrator Eric Velasquez, the son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents, was born in Spanish Harlem and grew up in Harlem. His dual heritage coupled with the experience of living in dual cultures in New York City gives Eric a rich and unique cultural perspective.
Eric attended the High School of Art and Design and earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1983. In 1984 he completed a year of studies with Harvey Dinnerstein at the Art Student’s League. Eric is a member of the Art Student’s League. Upon completion of his studies with Mr. Dinnerstein, Eric began his career as a freelance illustrator. Over the next 12 years he completed a body of work of over 300 book jackets and interior illustrations including the cover of the 1999 Coretta Scott King award winner Jazmin’s Notebook by Nikki Grimes.
In 1997 Eric expanded as an illustrator with his first picture book The Piano Man by Debbie Chocolate, published by Walker & Co. Eric says he approached this project as a “Technicolor movie extravaganza….” He was awarded the 1999 Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe award for new talent for The Piano Man. Eric Velasquez lives and works in Hartsdale New York.
Learn more at Eric Velasquez’s official website