Elizabeth Gómez is a Mexican artist and mother of two young children. Her bright, whimsical paintings not only reflect the magical realism of her native culture but also exude the vitality and warmth of her own busy household.
A graduate of the renowned San Francisco Art Institute, Gómez has also completed significant studies in Italy, Canada, and Mexico. Throughout the 1990's her work figured prominently
in galleries across the US and the Americas. With the new millenium came her first children's book, The Upside Down Boy/ El Niño de Cabeza (Children's Book Press, 2000), which was honored as a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children.
Of her later work, A Movie in My Pillow/ Una Película en Mi Almohada, Elizabeth says, "I had to take a virtual journey to
El Salvador and learn about the geography, the culture, the food, the
war, and so on. Basically, when I finished illustrating the book I felt as if I had written it. It became very familiar to me." This book won the Américas Award for Latin American Literature.
Her newest book Moony Luna, written by Jorge Argueta, is about a little girl and a little monster afraid to go to school for the first time. The playful illustrations show a little monster, childishly drawn with crayons, that appears to be struggling with the same emotional ups and downs as Moony Luna. He cries when she does, hides behind his monster mama when welcomed by the teacher, and finally comes out to play when beckoned kindly by the other students.
Elizabeth lives and paints in Redwood City, California.