Mario Menjivar began his artistic career in the animation industry for 22 years, most of them as part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation studio. His work is featured in eight of the studio's films, among them: "Lion King," " Pocahantas," "Mulan," "Hercules," "Tarzan," and "Treasure Planet." His work can also be seen in the Warner Bros. film "Looney Tunes: Back in Action."
Mario reconnected to his illustration roots as an Art Director and character designer for several independent animation studios as well as designing merchandise for Disney and comic covers for DC comics.
While teaching animation and anatomy at The School of Visual Arts, he began illustrating and co-publishing picture books for his company, MoonBear, where he gets to combine his formal drawing skills with the principles of acting and dynamic poses that are the hallmark of animation art. And he has a great time doing it.
He lives in the Bronx, New York with his wife and son.