Trinidad Escobar is a poet, illustrator, mother, bruha, and educator from the Bay Area, California. She is an alumnus of San Francisco State's poetry program and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics MFA Poetry program at Naropa University. She earned her MFA in Comics at California College of the Arts. 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 forthcoming graphic memoir CRUSHED will be available on this site in summer 2018. Trinidad teaches Race & Comics at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.


About her work:

Trinidad was born in the Philippines during Super Typhoon Gading in 1986. Trinidad's work explores the violent and beautiful nature of her homeland and weaves this with explorations of class, race, trauma, myth, and magick. Her graphic memoir, CRUSHED, is a biomythography that explores the interior landscape of her experiences as a transnational adoptee and the intersecting worlds of Western psychology and Filipino spirituality. CRUSHED is, ultimately, a story about adventure and storytelling as forms of medicine. 

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

Community Workshop Series:

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. 

Trinidad is available for illustration commissions but unavailable for comics projects.

Artist CV


San Jose Museum of Art | Roots in the Air, Branches Below | Multimedia collective exhibit | 2009

San Francisco WAR Magazine | San Francisco, CA | Body | Oil pastel display & publication | 2009

Bayani Art | Union City, CA | Generala | illustration & apparel company | T-shirt design| 2012

Blackball Universe Gallery | Oakland, CA | A Match Made in Oakland | collective exhibit| 2013

South Bay Womyns Conference | San Jose, CA | Weaving Our Wisdom | Multimedia collective exhibit | 2013

Milpitas Library | Filipino Memorial Project | Milpitas, CA | California Grape Strikes | collaboration mural | 2013

Author M. Evelina Galang & Coffee House Press | Miami, FL | Angel de La Luna | book cover art | 2013

TAYO Literary Magazine  | Arts & Culture, Issue #4 poetry & prose journal | cover art| 2013

Emanata | San Francisco, CA | Comics art exhibit | 2014

Bay Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, 1111 Minna | Rock The Box |  newspaper box | 2014

Story Corps & Andy Warner | Library Of Congress | Elder Comics Anthology | 2014

Carayan Press | Kuwento: Lost Things | New York | Poetry and visual art anthology | 2015

California College of the Arts | MFA Comics Anthology | 2015

Sidekick Books | Over The Line | London, UK | Poetry comics anthology | 2015

I-Hotel | Pinoy Stories In Pictures and Words | San Francisco | Solo comics exhibit | 2016

Aklasan Fest 3 | Annual Punk & Hardcore Festival | San Francisco | Promo posters | 2016

Galeria de la Raza | Womxn Are Perfect | San Francisco | Multimedia art exhibit | 2016

Oakland Peace Center | The Sweet Medicine Mural Project | Oakland, CA | 2016

APATURE | Featured artist: Comics & Illustration Festival | San Francisco, CA | 2016

University of Illinois Press | Book cover art for AsainFail by Eleanor Ty | Champaign, IL | 2016

Rachelle Cruz | Book cover art | Riverside, CA | 2016

East Bay Meditation Center | The Sweet Medicine Mural Project | Oakland, CA | coming 2017

Stacked Deck Books | Queer Heroes Coloring Book | San Francisco, CA | 2017

NYIDA | Community illustration workshops | Berkeley, CA | 2017-present

PRO ARTS | Teaching Artist | Arts Integration Program | Oakland, CA | 2017-present

San Francisco Zine Fest | Guest of Honor | Illustration and Comics Design | San Francisco, CA | 2017

Pinxy Radical Imagination Reader | Book cover art | San Jose, CA | forthcoming 2017

Colgate University | The Sweet Medicine Mural Project | Hamilton, NY | coming 2018

{for poetry and short story publication history, please inquire}