I fell in love with animation when I was 6 years old. I was amazed by the magic that makes drawings, come to life. After many years of traditional Art education, I decided to pursue my dream and studied Animation at the Ringling School of Art and Design. I graduated with honors, and produced my student thesis film ‘This Side Up’. The film won the Ringling’s Presidents Award, and was showcased in many festivals around the world.
I had the great opportunity to be selected by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, for an Animation internship at Sony Pictures Imageworks. After graduating, I went back to Sony to work on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I was then offered to join Dreamworks Animation and to work on some of their most exciting projects, such as Kung Fu Panda 2, The Croods, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and recently finished working on the critically acclaimed ‘Kung Fu Panda 3, as a Lead Animator for Oogway the tortoise.
Besides animating, I also enjoy teaching animation, and passing on the knowledge and experience I got on my journey. In the past few years, I have been teaching animation at Frame By Frame Animation online, and have been a guest speaker, around the world, including SIGGRAPH, Bogota Colombia, and Nemo Academy, Florance Italy. Also, I have been teaching at the Dreamworks training department as well as mentoring at Ringling School of Art and Design.