Anna Cruz is an illustrator working at the crossroads of design, art, and publishing.
She was born in the Philippines and currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri. Anna began her career when she was hired at age 11 by her religions teacher to illustrate the stations of the cross. Although she never did turn out to be a religious type, her passion of drawing carried through high school and beyond.
After earning a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida, she quickly realized that her "drawing brain" could be used in several different platforms outside of the fine art world. She has worked in the print and design industry, while consistently freelancing as an illustrator, exhibiting as an artist, and being involved in community-based projects. Most recently, she worked full-time with the Prismatic agency on place branding projects for Downtown Orlando.
In 2016, she started a small publishing press called Lemon Press with her husband, Adam Lavigne. Together, they exhibit paintings, paint murals, and run zine and drawing workshops.
spot & cover illustration
small press publishing
"Reminiscent of a universal pictorial translator card, [Anna's images] are distilled to an essence with playful detail and flights of fancy, transporting viewers to a feeling or a memory."
JESSICA PIRANI, ARTBORNE MAGAZINE
"Cruz’s work is detailed, blending colors into nebulous landscapes, such as a desert defined by a sunset and a couple cacti. Her human figures seem to be emotional representations of the world she’s depicting."
TRAVOR FRASER, ORLANDO SENTINEL