Carmen Lomas Garza grew up with her family in a Mexican American community in Kingsville, Texas. She wanted to be an artist from the time she was thirteen, when she started drawing every day. Garza experienced racial prejudice as a Mexican American, but the Chicano movement in the 60s and 70s inspired her to love her heritage. When Garza reached college, she began to use her art to celebrate her heritage and share her memories of a Mexican American childhood. Her paintings and picture books focus on her childhood and her community's everyday life and celebrations. Carmen Lomas Garza has exhibited her paintings and papel picado art in galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally. She lives in San Francisco.