Briana Mukodiri Uchendu is an illustrator, visual development artist, and a first-generation Nigerian-American. Her work is inspired by her interests in folklore, film, and animation and her passion to highlight voices that usually go unheard. Briana is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design where she majored in Illustration. She will illustrate The Talk by Newbery Honor winner Alicia D. Williams, due out in winter 2023 from Simon & Schuster, in her publishing debut. Her next illustration project, We Could Fly by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell, will publish in fall 2023 from Candlewick. She currently lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas.