Jerome Lagarrigue was born in 1973 to a French father and an American mother, and was raised in Paris. He moved to the United states in 1992 and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (class of 1996).
He has since received several awards for his work, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award as well as the Ezra Jack Keats Award (2002).
He taught a drawing and painting class at the Parsons School of Design in New York from 1997 to 2005.
A documentary, Jerome Lagarrigue: Portrait of an Artist, directed by Richatd Mothes and Anne-Laurence Bizeau, was selected for the sixth International Documentary Competition at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 1998).
Mr. Lagarrigue is the illustrator of Freedom Summer as well as My Man Blue by Nikki Grimes. In 2007 he collaborated with celebrated African-American poet Maya Angelou, for the illustrations of her book Poetry for young people. His work has also appeared in the New Yorker and on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. He teaches drawing and painting at Parsons School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Learn more at Jerome Lagarrigue’s official website