Eli Africa is a multimedia artist living in El Cerrito, California. He earned his Bachelor 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 design jobs as a freelancer and also worked in several 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 subjects in techniques, materials, photography, and facilitated outreach art programs.
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. Since drawing faces was something he did for fun as a young art student, one of his first gigs upon returning to California was drawing caricatures on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. In various creative capacities as a multimedia artist and educator, he has since worked with the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Children’s Creativity Museum, Asian Pacific Fund, Youth Speaks, Exploratorium, de Young Museum, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, University of California Scout, Van Ness Law, SamTrans, Lifeology, HMB Media and Audacity Performing Arts, Inc.