About Suzy Sotelo

Suzy Sotelo

In New York City, Suzy attended at the Art Student’s League as a teenager and went on to Cooper Union Art School where she studied fine art, including woodcuts and graphics. At Goddard College in Vermont, she finished her degree, B.A. in mythology.

Relocating to San Francisco, she became connected with the Asian community. She continued to write and illustrate her ideas and her two books, How the Rooster Got His Crown (1969), and A is for Africa (1972), were published with the San Francisco Art Commission, while finishing her first graduate degree, in Education at San Francisco State University.

In 1972, she moved to the Beirut, Lebanon and did independent studies in Middle East folklore. Relocating to West Berlin, Germany, she finished her second graduate degree in counseling with Vanderbilt University, while working for the U.S.Army as a social worker with military families.

Since 1997 she has returned to the United States and went to Santa Fe, New Mexico and resumed a teaching career, and expanded her artistic interests to soft pastels and landscapes. In 2000, Suzy moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where she works with very young children with disabilities including Autism and works on children’s books in her spare time.

Groups and Affiliations

  • German Teachers Union (GEW)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • New Mexico Pastel Society (NMPS)
  • Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • First Friday
  • Artist in Las Vegas
  • City Lights Gallery
  • Henderson Writer’s Group