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Caldecott Honor Award Winner!

Rudy Gutierrez has won a Caldecott Honor Award for art for the picture book Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney! It is awarded to the Artist for one of the most distinguished American picture books for children!

In addition it has been Starred by: Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Horn Book and
it has been named a 2020 Notable book by ALSC!


Wareika Hill- Rastamonk Vibrations is the latest album by Jazz Pianist Monty Alexander with art by Rudy Gutierrez and Art Directed by Hollis King!

The video Los Invisibles, from the Santana album, Africa Speaks,on Concord Records features the animated art of Rudy Gutierrez, as well art for the single. The video can be viewed here.


SANTANA- &#34;In Search of Mona Lisa&#34; features the art of Rudy Gutierrez as does the video for the song Do You Remember Me?

CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY (DVD, Blu-Ray, and Soundtracks are available!)

The art of Rudy Gutierrez graces the film Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary!

Art of Rudy Gutierrez from the picture book Spirit Seeker- John Coltrane&#39;s Musical Journey (written by Gary Golio and published by Clarion) appear in the film and his painting &#34;A Love Supreme&#34; is being used for the film poster as well as the DVD, Blu-Ray, CD and Vinyl soundtracks! Rudy is also featured in the DVD extras in an interview!

Other interviews include Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Dr. Cornel West, Carlos Santana, President Bill Clinton and Common, among others, Coltrane’s own words are spoken by Denzel Washington.


Rudy was honored to be featured as the Curatorial Spotlight at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, Arizona!- Jazz it up! Jazz inspired art from today!- Sept. 14 - Jan. 20, 2019

Curatorial Spotlight: Rudy Gutierrez
Part of the Jazz It Up! exhibition, this bonus feature highlights the bold paintings of New York artist Rudy Gutierrez. Incorporating a variety of cross-cultural references, Gutierrez uses vivid colors and broad-brush strokes to dynamically capture the energy of his subjects.

Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World picture book is out!

Discover the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio&#39;s Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez, the internationally celebrated artist who created the iconic Carlos Santana Shaman CD cover.

A Christy Ottaviano Book / Henry Holt


Jazz Owls

From the Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle comes a searing novel in verse about the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943.

With soaring images by Rudy Gutierrez and powerful poems, this is the breathtaking story of what became known as the Zoot Suit Riots as only Margarita Engle could tell it.



The limited-edition Jimi Hendrix stamp, with art by artist Rudy Gutierrez, features a vibrant, colorful design fashioned to evoke the movement and rhythm of the late singer and pay homage to the psychedelic rock era of the 1960s.

To order stamps and framed art of the stamp:


Rudy is featured in USPS Video painting and discussing the making of the Jimi Hendrix Stamp:


Rudy&#39;s Picture books for purchase:

Spirit Seeker- John Coltrane&#39;s Musical Journey, by Gary Golio- Clarion Books


When I Get Older : The Story Behind Wavin&#39; Flag, By K&#39;naan with Sol Guy; Rudy Gutierrez (illus.)- Tundra Books


Pelé King of Soccer, (El rey del futbol) by Monica Brown.- Harper Collins-Rayo


Papa and Me, by Arthur Dorros- Harper Collins-Rayo


Mama and Me, by Arthur Dorros- Harper Collins-Rayo





See Member Spotlight here at Altpick for Nov. 17,&#39;03 interview.

Hear an interview with Rudy Gutierrez on &#34;Sidebar, Four Color Conversations on Comics, Art & Pop Culture&#34; website.
August 24, 2009

Rudy is featured in USPS Video painting and discussing the making of the Jimi Hendrix Stamp:


Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators.
Rudy&#39;s art and interview is featured in the book-



If you are in Tempe, Arizona, Walnut Creek, San Diego or Mill Valley, CA go check out large prints of Rudy&#39;s art that grace the walls in the New Maria, Maria restaurants. The restaurant&#39;s ambience and environment are inspired by the music of Santana, reflecting its passion and spirit with vibrant artwork, sensuous lighting, rustically elegant decor and a palette of rich, warm earth tones.

Please note that all artwork on this website are available as prints- contact
rudygut@optonline.net for prices


Rudy&#39;s art for various periodicals, book covers, magazines, records, CDs, and children’s books, as well as his paintings have appeared nationally and abroad.

Gutierrez is perhaps best known for his iconic painting that was commissioned for the cover of the much anticipated multi-platinum smash hit recording, Santana “Shaman”.

He has contributed art to the First Annual Anti- Apartheid show at the United Nations, participated in shows exploring social issues which included an exhibition at The Kassel Documenta in Germany as well as at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa and contributed, to and Co- Curated “The Prevailing Human Spirit” Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in NY. The show was a benefit for the victims of the tragic events of 9/11 in New York City.

Rudy was also a contributor to The Education of an Illustrator and Teaching Illustration books published by Allworth Press. His art is featured in the books- Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators and in the Star Wars Visions that showcased several artists selected by the Star Wars creator George Lucas.

The award winning artist includes the Dean Cornwell Recognition Hall of Fame Award (Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to it’s Hall of Fame artists recognized for their “distinguished achievement in the art of illustration.), Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award, and a Gold Medal from the NY Society of Illustrators and International Labor Communications Association Honor among his honors.

His children’s books have garnered him a Pura Belpré Honor, Américas Book Award, Africa Access Award, Silver Birch Award Nomination and a New York Book Award. His work has been featured by Communication Arts, Step by Step, The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Art News, American Artist and Art Direction Magazine.

Gutierrez has taught at Pratt Institute for many years as well as lectured at various colleges and institutions including workshops on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, Univa- Universidad del Valle de Atemajac- in Mexico, where he was a featured speaker at the XI International Engineering Congress Presentation and at the 2005 Icon 5 Illustration Conference in NYC.
He currently also teaches in the FIT Graduate Illustration Program.

Gutierrez’s art has been described as “Wall Medicine”, ancient yet contemporary, urban in a sense and musical in feel. He believes that the highest honor and fulfillment is to inspire and uplift.