“I believe in diverse beauty. It brings color and variation into the world ...and more excitement. I’m glad that I can bring that to light with my work.”
Illustrator • Los Angeles
Monica Ahanonu is an illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue.com, Afropunk, Everystylishgirl, Uprising Brand, and DesignMilk. She has collaborated with top brands such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, InStyle Magazine, Adidas, Salvatore Ferragamo, and many more.
With a background in animation, Monica creates expressive pop art portraits packed with personality, nostalgia, and pride. Monica’s illustrations surround a wide range of topics from politics to fashion and everything in between. Inspired by fashion silhouettes as well as nature, Monica combines complex human forms with abstract, geometric shapes that flow together in harmony. Her color blocking technique adds dimension and expressiveness to each subject. Her understanding of color theory in her work exudes visual storytelling that all languages can understand. Monica’s artwork beautifully captures the imperfectly-perfect aspects of humanity and inspires us with every drop of color she uses.