Hector Viveros Lee, Teacher, Artist, and Author

Happy Birthday to teacher, artist, and children’s book author Hector Viveros Lee, born in Calexico, California to Mexican immigrant parents.  Lee earned his BA at St. John’s College and his BFA at the Academy of Art College.  Lee has written and illustrated for children’s books and magazines.  He said of his heritage and his work, “On occasion I draw on my particular Latino experience to create pictures with universal appeal. Imaginary and fantastical elements are part of my work. I believe they are an integral part of living; they provide links to our interior reality. I draw with the conviction that art taps into our paradoxical and wonderful humanity–both in the simple and the complex, ordinary and the magical, the particular and the universal.” Lee authored the imaginative children’s book, “I Had a Hippopotamus”.

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