Bio

ABOUT
Some things are facts.

Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Moved to Sao Paulo in 1983. Dabbled in classical music, played Viola in a chamber music orchestra for a little while. It was nice but not her thing. Studied Modern dance and got a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design.

Wrote and illustrated children's books and became a freelance graphic designer, animator and illustrator. Taught music and creative writing at the coolest kids' art school in the world, which is hidden in a beautiful park in Sao Paulo.

Moved to New York City in 1994. Got an MFA in Computer Arts at the School of Visual Arts in 1996. Got hooked by computer animation. Her first animated short film "the Tapir" won six international prizes. Worked as an animator at Blue Sky Studios. Moved to San Francisco, California, in 1999. Worked for PDI/DreamWorks, Wildbrain Inc and Tippett Studio.

Played music around town with two Brazilian Music bands, and had fun for a while pretending to be a singer. Got hooked by puppetry and the magic of three dimensional illustration. Some of her children's books won some pretty damn cool awards in Brazil.

Currently works as a freelance animator and illustrator, and as an Assistant Professor in the Animation/Illustration Program, at the Art and Design Department of San Jose State University.