Sandra Equihua

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Sandra Equihua
BornFebruary, 1976
Tijuana, Mexico
Alma materIbero-American University Tijuana
Known forCo-creating El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
Spouse(s)Jorge Gutierrez (animator)

Sandra Equihua (born February 1976) is a Mexican animator and painter.


Born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico[1], Sandra attended the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) and received her BFA in Graphic Design in Tijuana, Mexico. While studying under illustrator Rafael Lopez at Art Center at Night in San Diego, she learned to conceptualize, experiment with technique, color and ideas, discovering her real passion was illustration. This expanded her artistic range and she moved to Los Angeles.[2]

She has worked with companies like Sony Pictures, McGraw Hill, WEA, Disney, WB, and Nickelodeon. Her original paintings have been shown in galleries both in Mexico and the United States. She designed characters for El Macho (Sony), ¡Mucha Lucha! (WB), The Buzz on Maggie (Disney) and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! (Nick Jr.). Her work in the animation field includes illustration, character design and voice acting.[3] She melds the influences of mid-century design and her own Mexican heritage.[4] Equihua is married to illustrator Jorge R. Gutierrez and together they created the Nickelodeon series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. The show dealt with issues such as immigration, ambition, romance, success and defeat. In October 2014 the 3D animated film The Book of Life was released and Sandra created the female characters with reality flaws and personal touches to add authenticity. Symbolism and heritage are an essential part of her character development evidenced in the use of traditional Mexican folkloric designs and other cultural references. The poetic, magical story references spaghetti westerns, bullfighting and pop music.[5]


Sandra Equihua won an Emmy Award for her character designs on El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (Nickelodeon).[6]


  1. ^ "A Conversation with Sandra Equihua". December 1, 2008. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ CDT, Admin. "Paseo de la Fama Tijuana". Consejo de Desarollo Economico de Tijuana. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  3. ^, "Sandra Equihua". Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  4. ^ Marks, Terry (2011). Good Design: Deconstructing Form and Function and What Makes Good Design Work. Rockport. pp. 72–75. ISBN 978-1-59253-529-3.
  5. ^ Murphy, Mecado. "Hand-Carved-Love-Triangle". New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ Gurza, Agustin. "Daring duo of Latino Animators". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 November 2013.

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