Ricardo Nunez

Ricardo Nunez – Designer

I'm illustrator and Graphic Designer. I love the freedom children's book illustration brings. I love small details just kids can understand.


I'm a Colombian Philadelphia-based artist with an MFA in Illustration and a BF in Graphic Design. I worked in the advertisement field meeting deadlines for several years in Colombia and Australia until I decided to pursue a career as an illustrator back in 2012. Since then, I have exhibited my work in different galleries around the world and have been recognized by the most prestigious illustrations contest globally. American Illustrator, Creative Quarterly, Manifest Gallery INDA 10 to name a few.

I like to take every project personally, the idea is to impress my clients but also to impress myself. With my clients, I start by discussing the client's ideas on how the project should be approached aesthetically. I then draw sketches and, once you decide what worked best, I explore color and technique.

Right now I am illustrating two books that I wrote: One is a fictional story about a naturalist who travels the most inhospitable places of the world in the XIX century discovering new species from the animal kingdom. The other is an alphabet book that talks about acceptance and the broad concept of beauty.
Action & Adventure Fantasy Middle Grade Picture Books
Life Sciences Nature
  • Finalist, Society of Illustrators
  • Finalist, Manifest INDA 10
  • Best Illustrations in Latin America/Palermo University
  • Creative Quarterly
  • Zupi Magazine / Brazil
  • 3x3 Magazine
  • MFA in Illustration Practice (Maryland Institute College of Art)
  • BFA in Graphic Design (UJTL)

Work experience


May, 2014 — Present

During my work as a freelance, I did an illustration cover for a writer in Spain. I also was chosen along with 20 other artists in my country, Colombia to do an illustration for a stamp commemorating the peace agreement signed with the guerrilla and the government of my country.

I'm working on a children's book in the United States. It's a book for kids between 8 to 10 years. The book is about building personality, growing and learning trough exploration and adventures.


El Payé es un los más sabios y conocedores de la naturaleza y la Madre Tierra lo ha escogido para acudir en la ayuda de varios de sus hijos que están en peligro de desaparecer. El Payé ha sido encomendado por Madre Tierra para salvar a varios de sus hijos que ... read more

Ricardo has 5 reviews





Dustin J.

Dustin J.

Dec, 2021

Wow! Ricardo was an absolute delight to work with. He is super creative, talented, insightful, responsive, and punctual, what more could you ask for?
Myrna L.

Myrna L.

Nov, 2021

It was a terrific experience to work with Ricardo. His design knowledge is outstanding and he was always very flexible and supportive creating and putting my ideas into an exceptional outline.
José P.

José P.

Dec, 2019

Excellent work! Was extremely patient with my vision and was helpful along the way!
Kate J.

Kate J.

Oct, 2019

Ricardo did an excellent and speedy job colorizing 100's of black & white illustrations in a Biology course I publish. He is certainly a talented illustrator! I wouldn't hesitate to use Ricardo again, not only for adding color but also creating original illustrations.
Tim C.

Tim C.

Aug, 2017

Incredible working experience with Ricardo. He was extremely professional, creative and a pleasure to work with. I hope to collaborate with him again.

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