Eli Africa is a multimedia artist living in El Cerrito, California. He earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and a Master of Arts degree in Multimedia Communications from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Eli was born in San Bernardino, California to Filipino immigrant parents. When his father retired from the U.S. Army, he immigrated to the Philippines with his family and lived there until he graduated from college. Upon moving back to California, he landed visual art jobs as a freelancer and worked in art production houses. During one of his trips back to the Philippines, he was invited to teach at his alma mater, the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, where he taught freshmen and sophomore students for five years.
Soon after he got married and started a family, he moved back to California with his wife and two kids and started from scratch all over again. Drawing faces was something he did for fun as a young art student. In fact, one of his first gigs upon returning to California was drawing caricatures on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. He has since worked with the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Children’s Creativity Museum, Asian Pacific Fund, Youth Speaks, the Exploratorium, de Young Museum, and the University of California Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension. Eli is now a freelancer creating assets for print, short-form video, and the web.