Michael Wertz is a noted illustrator, printmaker, educator, and Friend of Judy.
His work has been recognized and awarded by Communication Arts, American Illustration, 3x3, and The Society of Illustrators. He is the Assistant Chair of Illustration at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he teaches portfolio, screenprinting, and digital tools classes. He has collaborated with clients like the DeYoung Museum, BART, Scholastic, Peaches Christ, Nike, Oaklandish, the Oakland Museum and The New York Times to create vivid imagery that tells a story and delights the eyeballs. His work starts with a pencil and paper and ends up as digital collage, hand-pulled prints, books, and all manner of products.
At the very moment, Michael is working on a poster for Campout, a music festival in Joshua Tree. ABC Oakland (Heyday Books), his seventh book for kids, is available on bookshelves now. His 60-foot mural at Oakland Animal Services greets you as you walk in the front door, and wishes you well as you bring a new four-pawed friend home with you. If you go to any branch of the Oakland Public Library, you can pick up his new Fairyland-themed library card. Look up on the wall of the Fillmore Auditorium, and you’ll see his work smiling back at you.
Michael is represented by Abigail Samoun at Red Fox Literary for his kids book work.
He lives in beautiful Oakland, California with his husband Andy and their pit-mix Blue.