Stefan Antony Salinas
Are there any more good old fashioned, hand drawing and painting, flesh-to-brush, pencil and paper, artists out there? Welcome to the world of Stefan Salinas! Here you will find works that convey emotions, intelligence and spirituality.
How to engage readers and viewers? How can an image get a fresh look on an old concept? These challenges enliven me, and I try to bring that fiery spirit to the product. I do my best to put my thoughts in the space, place, world of the client's story, vision, etc.
I've spent the last three years writing, illustrating, self-publishing and promoting two children's books., and before that I won a Xeric grant to publish my first graphic novel , and illustrated a book of essays published by Orbis Books.
Along the way I have worked with carpenters, tile printers and stained glass craftsmen to make installations in churches. A mural here, a logo there, some Photoshop employed to design brochures and banners. Illustrated for a Jesuit's book, and contributed graphics and logos for the Blind Vietnamese Children Foundation (their art director for ten years) and other non-profits. Let my hands help your project come to life!
I was born and reared in that great cosmopolitan cow-town known as Houston, Texas, then moved over to San Francisco, California. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 1997 and have since busied myself with public commissions, painting and working on books.
Clients: The Jesuit Post, The Progressive Magazine, First Unitarian Universalist churches in Houston & San Francisco, Blind Vietnamese Children Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Philip the Apostle Church & Church of the Visitacion, San Francisco.
Awards and Recognition
- Xeric Grant 2010
Press and Media Mentions
- "There is no vague, lowest-common-denominator kumbaya in this book... Salinas’s book helps to provide such a point of entry for discussing interfaith relations with children. Perhaps most importantly, the Muslim and Catholic characters in the book live out their faith lives joyfully." - Jenifer S. Bryson, Ph.D., Public Discourse, The Witherspoon Institute
- “Written from the perspective of Salim Hajderovac, the cheerful and humble carpenter, this book is a wonderful story about interreligious teamwork… Within the context of a true story, children will learn a few basic truths about Catholicism and Islam.” - Regina Lordan, Catholic News Service (picked up by Catholic Philly, Catholic Courier and The Visitor)
- "Salinas’ color pencil, ink, and acrylic illustrations are expressive and communicate much of the text well… A heartfelt story that simply conveys the importance of positive interfaith relations.” - Gloria Koster, School Library Journal
- “This book is important in the difficult times that have befallen us all.” - Malden Obrenovic, Al Jazeera Balkans
- “…to help readers – children and the adults who may read it to them – appreciate people of other cultures and faiths instead of fear them." - Christina Gray, Catholic San Francisco
- "This unique introduction to churches is highly recommended for elementary-age children." - Sooner Catholic, Oklahoma City Archdiocese.
- "A fantastic book. A simple storyline only adds to the stunning imagery. Simple words that roll off the tongue." - Epiphanies of beauty
- Mosaic KPIX TV Bay Area interview by Hugh Burroughs, about the book Catholic churches Big & Small.
- The first page of the colorfully illustrated, 48-page book asks children of any age, “Have you ever been inside a Catholic church?” Readers follow the fictional journey of a father, his two children and a nun as they explore the Catholic churches of a single city in a Pope Francis-inspired vintage Renault." - Christina Gray, Catholic San Francisco (picked up by California Catholic Daily)
- Shalom World TV program "The Ties that Bind" special guest. July 4, 2016
- "10 Percent with David Perry" TV interview August 2011