Created in Color: The Picture Book Art of Raúl Colón

January 18 - June 1, 2025
East Gallery

Raúl Colón has built a celebrated career in children’s picture book illustration. His instantly recognizable style of textured watercolor-and-colored-pencil paintings appear in over 50 books. He creates stories inspired by his Puerto Rican heritage, like Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel, and biographies of Latin American heroes such as baseball legend Roberto Clemente, dancer José Limón, and novelist Gabriel García Márquez. In Child of the Civil Rights Movement and As Good as Anybody, Colon depicts the powerful work of activists who fought for justice in the 1960s. But he also makes books of poetry, books about creativity, and even books about books! 

This exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. 

What to expect 

Visitors can cheerfully follow characters through more than 84 artworks, as they journey from the African savanna to a magical library, the North Pole, and a museum where art leaps off the walls. 

Illustration of girl floating through space.

Raúl Colón, Illustration for Child of the Universe by Ray Jayawardhana. Courtesy of the artist. © 2020 Raúl Colón. 

Illustration of boy dreaming in bed.

Raúl Colón, Illustration for Imagine! Original in the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles. Image courtesy Paula Wiseman Books, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. © 2018 Raúl Colón.