WILD PROFILE: JOHN PARRA, Too much of more is better

Who: John Parra
Where: New York
What he does: illustrator, artist, educator and designer.

John Parra

What’s on his mind today:
Ordering art supplies, prepping art prints, Calling family, What’s for lunch?, painting book, nap time, working out, and spending time with family & friends.

What he is currently working on:
Currently I am preparing paintings and prints for an international group art show titled: The Exhibit of Contemporary Art in Children’s Literature, taking place at Livre Galeria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the end of March. I am also working on my next children’s book, Round is the Tortilla, for Chronicle Books in San Francisco. Preparing for Dia: El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children’s Day/Book Day and its annual April events. Lastly working on a co-presentation outline with children’s book author, Monica Brown, for this year’s Latino Literacy Conference at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.

What he thinks there is too much of, and too little of:
Too much of more is better, not enough of just the right amount.

With whom he would most like to go on a “ tête à tête”:
My grandparents

What his most striking moment was:
As a young college student listening to fine artist Larry Carroll discuss art and illustration, and deciding at that moment to commit and pursue a life of becoming a professional artist.

What his earliest memory is:
Being 5 or 6 years old at my home in Santa Barbara, CA, flying a kite I received from my birthday, and trying to outmaneuver away from the power lines crossing our property.

What he considers a fashion “faux-pas”:
Black belt and brown shoes.

What cracks him up:
My two brothers and Nacho Libre.

What kind of movement he would like to start:
A renewal of The Public Works of Art Project, implemented in the 1930s-40s with students and artist mentors.

Who represents his “artistic” family:
My fellow Latin Children’s book illustrators and many other NYC and California artist, painter, writer, poet, and designer friends.

With whom he would like to grow old:
My wife Maria… besos, besos!

What he would like to leave to future generation:
A livable planet, an opportunity for a higher education, and health care for all.

What his Wild Wish is:
Develop an animated movie based on art from one of my books.


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text by: Lia Hallie

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