ILLUSTRATOR: rAS' ammar nsoroma

AUTHOR: dEANNA SINGH

Rozalia Singh,(nickname Aya) started drawing from a young age. Her father, renowned muralist, Reynaldo Hernandez, is her mentor. Through his tutelage she has gained a keen eye and learned
many tricks of the trade.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communications from Illinois Institute of Art. Rozalia works as a professional caricaturist, muralist, painter and works with Arts@Large teaching children art. Her works can be found throughtout the Milwaukee area. She continues to evolve and develop her creativity. Art for her is not just an outlet, its her passion.

Deanna Singh is the daughter of a Sikh American man and African American woman.  Her husband is African American and German American.  Their two children, Zephaniah and Zion, reflect all of those beautiful heritages.  Instilling pride in their color, in a country that is filled with negative images and messages about their brown skin, is the primary motivation for writing children’s books featuring children of color.  A native of Milwaukee, WI Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She is committed in her personal and professional life to the pursuit of social justice, these books are an extension of that commitment. 

Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma, known as Ammar, was born in Milwaukee and has lived in Milwaukee for most of his life. He graduated from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, where he painted his first mural as a senior, and then attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) as well as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited extensively in both Chicago and Milwaukee and has created over 100 murals in Milwaukee, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Washington DC collectively. Ammar is a founding member of African-American Artists Beginning to Educate Americans About African-American Art (ABEA) and is an avid reader. The knowledge he gains through reading is reflected in his drawings, paintings, murals, and mixed media pieces.

ILLUSTRATOR: Rozalia Hernandez-Singh