Ellen Carranza was born in Mexico City, from a strong artistic lineage of sculptors, painters, and musicians. She currently lives in New York, a city she loves for its energy and creative inspiration.
Her signature style often depicts the world from her perspective of the animal, symbolizing the human condition. Her subjects come to life with her use of impeccable design, expressive colors and gestural lines and textures. She excels in many printmaking media including etching, linocuts, woodcuts, lithography, silkscreening and monotypes, in addition to painting. Her tour de force is when she combines several techniques and media in individual works of art.
Watching Disney animations as a child played a pivotal role in her artistic aspirations. Her attraction to printmaking led to her obtaining an art education in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She studied illustrating books in etching with Bruce Waldman, took a senior portfolio class with Frances Jetter, and studied life drawing from the illustrator Jack Potter.
Carranza is a member of the prestigious Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, in New York, NY. She has had exhibitions at the Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago, IL, and the National Arts Club, NYCoo Gallery and the John Allan’s Gallery in New York, NY.
Her artwork has been published in several publications including the 2007 “Bridges” Forty Artist Collaborations RBPMW, the Society of Etchers Magazine, “Art of Persuasion”, and in the Illustration/ Cartooning 2004 Portfolio 25 of School of Visual Arts. Her artwork is included in the library of Congress and is in many private collections nationwide.
She is the recipient of the Illustration & Cartooning 2004, Portfolio 25 School of Visual Arts Award. In 2015 she was invited to join the Manhattan Arts International Artists Showcase Gallery, a curated art program in New York, NY, that rewards artistic excellence.