Edel Rodriguezdel Rodriguez was born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba. In 1980, his family immigrated to the United States on the Mariel Boatlift. They settled in Miami, where he lived before enrolling at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1990. Rodriguez studied illustration, painting, and graphic design and did design internships at Spy magazine and MTV. He graduated from Pratt in 1994 with a degree in painting and worked at Spy briefly before joining Time magazine as a designer. 

He was art director of Time's Canadian and Latin American editions for 10 years. As a freelance illustrator, Rodriguez has worked for many book publishers along with editorial clients like The New Yorker, The New York Times, MTV, New York Magazine, The Nation, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and Time. His illustrations have appeared in American Illustration, Communication Arts, and the annual of the Society of Illustrators. He is the recipient of a Gold and three Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators. A stamp he created for the United States Postal Service became available in the summer of 2005. Edel has also illustrated numerous Broadway posters.

Edel’s picture book oeuvre includes: Mama Does the Mambo by Katherine Leiner (Hyperion), Float Like a Butterfly by Ntozake Shange (Hyperion), and Oye, Celia by Katie Sciurba (Henry Holt).

In spring 2008, with the publication of Sergio Makes a Splash! (Little, Brown), Edel made his debut as author and artist. The second book featuring the same little penguin, Sergio Saves the Game! was published by Little, Brown in spring 2009. Sonia Sotomayor: A judge grows in the Bronx / la juez que crecio en el Bronx, by Jonah Winter, will be published by Atheneum / Simon & Schuster in fall 2009 and will be followed by Robomop, by Sean Taylor (Dial / Penguin).


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