Authors, Illustrators & Collaborators
Viviana is an illustrator with La Joya Press. A creator by nature, Viviana graduated from college with a degree in Fashion & Costume Design and moved to Spain to explore her art, love of travel and Spanish, a language she grew up with in her Puerto Rican home. Upon returning to the U.S. she threw herself into a design career including work in fashion, accessory design, product development, merchandising, and marketing industries. In her free time, she pursued other creative endeavors in art, illustration, photography and jewelry design. Today she owns LH&B Supply Co. in Dallas, TX, a company that creates unique, personalized stationary and other products meant to spark joy in people’s hearts.
“I see this as the space where my imaginative nature, my love for creating, my acquired design skills, my travel experiences, my faith and my heritage can all intersect together,” Viviana says. “We have all been uniquely created and divinely gifted! I bid you blessings on your journey to finding, living-into and being confident in the person that you were fearfully and wonderfully made to be! “
Melissa Zúñiga ( Ely Ely)
Melissa Zúñiga, better known as Ely Ely, is a Mexican illustrator from Aguascalientes who currently lives in Mexico City. After finishing her studies in graphic design, she worked for a few years in various marketing agencies while also doing freelance work as an illustrator and mural painter, then launched her own illustration studio six years ago. Women, Mexican graphical elements, nature, and color form the basis for her creativity and inspiration, and these things can frequently be found in her illustrations, murals, and other work. She has worked on numerous projects in Mexico and abroad, including partnerships with Disney, Google, MaryKay, Maybelline, Clinique, Dole Sunshine, Danone, and Bonafont, among others.
Santiago Savi is a visual artist from a Ñuu Savi town called Abasolo del Valle, Veracruz. He studied agronomy with a scholarship at the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo (2002-2007), Digital Cinematography at New York University (NYU, 2013), and is Graduated from the Master of Art by the Hellenic Cultural Institute (2015-2017) in Mexico City.
In his paintings and murals, he likes to show mother earth, the cornfield, flowers, animals, naguals, and textiles.
His art is a way to express and show the Ñuu Savi's traditions that his parents and grand parents raised him in “La Nación de la Lluvia” (Mixteca).
As for cinematography creator, Santiago directed the movie "Itanuni Flor de Maíz" (2016), and as a painter, he participated in diverse murals and expositions.
Born and raised in Lynwood, California, Evelyn Barajas is a first-generation immigrant and proud Oaxaqueña. Her love of art and creative ability began at a very young age. While Evelyn studied web design, she continued exploring and developing her artistic talents, which ultimately led her to a career as a freelance artist and creative business owner.
She has partnered with organizations like Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN) and has donated her work and services to Girasoles en Marcha. Her drive is to highlight her community, represent diversity, and inspire through her art.
Evelyn resides in Fresno, California with her husband and two daughters where she enjoys morning reads, yoga practice, and staying close with friends and family.
María Estela González Acevedo
María Estela González Acevedo studied Graphic Design in the Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes. She has dedicated more than ten years to working as a graphic designer and editor. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Marketing and Strategic Marketing at the Universidad Panamericana. She is the art director and CEO of the María Legumbre branding studio, and Director of the Pie Rojo Ediciones publishing house in Mexico. She has designed and formatted books and journals for different clients, working hand in hand with editors, writers and illustrators; and has also designed logos and created brands in Mexico and the USA.