Trinidad Escobar is a poet, illustrator, mother, bruha, and educator from the Bay Area, California. Her writing and visual art have been featured in various publications such as Rust & Moth, The Brooklyn Review, The Womanist, Red Wheelbarrow, Solo Cafe, Mythium, Tayo, the anthologies Walang Hiya, Over the Line, Kuwento, and more. Trinidad has been a guest artist and speaker at the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, LitQuake, and The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Her graphic memoir CRUSHED will be published in 2017 by Rosarium Publishing. Trinidad teaches Comics & Race at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.
About her work:
Having been born in the Philippines during Super Typhoon Gading in 1986, Trinidad's work weaves the lush-- and often violent-- nature of her homeland with class, race, trauma, myth, and magick. Her in-progress graphic memoir, CRUSHED, is a biomythography that explores the interior landscape of her experiences as a transnational adoptee and the intersecting worlds of Western science and Filipino spirituality. CRUSHED is, ultimately, a story about adventure and storytelling as forms of medicine. To purchase her book CRUSHED please visit the Rosarium Publishing website or order from your local bookshop. Her illustrations also tap into the magickal elements of mythology, science, and spirituality.
Trinidad is a Teaching Artist in the PRO ARTS Arts Integration program, an initiative that brings arts education to Oakland public schools. She teaches art theory, comics, and illustration.
Orpheus Forge Studios:
Trinidad is the co-founder and member of a people of color comics collective called Orpheus Forge Studios. The collective aims support and create works by cartoonists and writers of color. Their goals are to decolonize and diversify comics.
3 Realms Collective:
Trinidad is a co-founder and artist with 3 Realms, a two witch-warrior-woman team of muralists in Oakland, CA. Their aim is to create sacred space throughout Oakland using street art, blessed by healers, as charge centers. To see her mural work, click here.
NYIDA Workshop Series:
Under the Buddhist name (Nyida roughly translates to 'sun and moon') given to her by her guru, the Honorable Lama Pema Khandro Rinpoche, Trinidad offers community art workshops based on sliding-scale dana (a form of generous giving or donation). Trinidad combines classic and modern art training with mindfulness practices to empower the youth with the life-long tools needed to heal their mind-body-spirit connections. These community workshops are held once a month. Send her a message to learn more.
Some of Trinidad's childhood influences include:
The Farside Gallery by Gary Larson, The Simpsons, Dragon Ball Z, Boondocks by Aaron McGruder, Squee & Johnny The Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez, Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson, X-Men, Batman The Animated Series, Tim Burton's Batman and The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, R.L. Stine, and everything by Octavia Butler and Lynda Barry.
Trinidad is available for freelance work.