Ana Aranda was born and raised in Mexico City, where she studied Design. From there, she moved to France, where she completed her undergraduate studies in Illustration. She now lives in San Francisco, where she studied her MFA in Illustration thanks to a grant from the Mexican Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA).
Ana's work has been featured in different galleries and museums in the United States, France, Mexico and Italy. In San Francisco, she has painted murals in the Mission District, for the Consulate General of Mexico, and for the prestigious de Young Museum.
Ana's illustrations can be found in picture books published in France and Italy. Some of her forthcoming titles include The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra, ¡Celebración! and J'ai Mal à Mon Écorce.
Her biggest inspirations are her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music. Her work focuses on transforming the everyday into fantastical situations, and often includes images from nature and whimsical creatures.