Elba Raquel was born and raised in San Jose. She graduated in 2005 from Evergreen Valley College with an AS in Design. Immediately following she moved to "The City" to study at the San Francisco Academy of Art University where she graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration. Currently she runs the art department at Latino College Preparatory Academy and is pursuing her Master's in Art Education at Santa Clara University. She is an active free lance illustrator.
As a 2-D and 3-D artist, Elba Raquel blends both realms in an playful manner. Her Mexican cultural influence reflects in her pieces through rhythm and color into what can be described as "fantastic realism."