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Sandra Equihua is an illustrator, painter, and animated character designer. She was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. Equihua states that she grew up confused and inspired by both the Mexican and American cultures surrounding her. She received her BFA in Graphic Design in Tijuana, Mexico. She later discovered that her true passion was illustration when studying under Rafael Lopez at Art Center at Night in San Diego, which allowed her to widen her range artistically. Her illustration clients have included Sony Pictures, McGraw Hill, WEA, Disney, WB, Nickelodeon, and the California State Fair. Her paintings have been exhibited in various galleries both in Mexico and the U.S., including Nucleus gallery 1998, Roq la Rue, Gallery Bink, Anno Domini, and Centro Cultural Tijuana. She has worked in the animation business as an illustrator, voice actress, and a character designer for El Macho (Sony), Mucha Lucha (WB), The Buzz on Maggie (Disney) and Wow Wow Wubzy (Nick Jr.). Equihua won an Emmy Award for her character designs on El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (Nickelodeon), the highly-acclaimed animated television series she co-created with her long-time collaborator and husband, Jorge R. Gutierrez.