Tonya Engel is a self-taught artist born in Texas who has lived and worked in New York, Miami, Austin and now Houston, Tx. Heavily influenced by folk artists of the Deep south, Harlem renaissance pioneers, as well as Mark Chagall, Frida Kahlo and Romare Beardon, Tonya’s illustrations speak to image, identity and relationships. Meshing decorative elements, oils and occasional collage with emotional content, the subjects are mainly women with contemplative faces implying a dream world that invites our interpretations.

Engel’s personal, autobiographical work can be found in public and private collections around the world. She has been the recipient of several awards and honors for her art & book Illustrations including a three-month residency in Paris, France,. Septima Clark Book Award for Rise!, 2022 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Award For Your Legacy and more!