Artist Spotlight – Duncan Tonatiuh

by We Need Diverse Books


Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tyou) is the author and illustrator of four picture books: Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale and Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegragation.

His books have received multiple awards and honorable mentions, among them the Pura Belpré Award in 2012, the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award in 2012 and 2014, Pura Belpré Honors in 2011 and 2014 and an Américas Award Honor in 2014.

Duncan was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. He graduated from Parsons The New School for Design and from Eugene Lang College in New York City in 2008. His work is inspired by Ancient Mexican art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His aim is to create images that honor the past, but that address contemporary issues that affect people of Mexican origin on both sides of the border.

Duncan is another one of our wonderful and generous artists who took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to create beautiful art for WNDB’s Indiegogo Campaign. You can get his art in our beautiful notecards or our Holiday art poster if you donate to our campaign. Just see how gorgeous it is!


For more information about Duncan, and to see his beautiful work, please go to his website at