The artist accidentally picked her nose
while posing for this portrait.

Tao Nyeu grew up in Niskayuna, New York, a town whose name means “Flowing Fields of Corn.” She earned a BFA from Cornell University and moved to New York City to live life as a graphic designer. As it turns out, drawing is more fun so she waved goodbye to the design world to attend the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Illustration program. She graduated in 2007 with a special interest in silkscreening and etching.

She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and Golden Kite Honor for Bunny Days, and the Original Art Show Founder’s Award and Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor for Wonder Bear. Her latest book is Squid and Octopus: Friends For Always, a New York Book Show award winner and one of Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year.

Tao lives in Southern California with her husband and two children.

If you’re wondering how to say her name, click here.



School Library Journal – June 2012
Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Tao Nyeu – April 2010

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