Raquel Coelho

Raquel Coelho

Phone: (408) 924-4379

Office: ART 223


Artistic Influences:

Julie Taymor
Dave Mckean
Giramundo (Puppet theater group from Brasil)
Brazilian Art
Bread and Puppet (Puppet theater group based in the east coast)

Favorite films:
La Estrada (Frederico Felinni)
Amacord (Frederico Felinni)
Mirror Mask (Dave Mckean)
Coraline (Henry Sellick)
Spirited Away (Myazaki)

Raquel Coelho was born in Brazil. She moved to New York in 1994, where she attended the School of Visual Arts and earned an MFA in Computer Arts. She is an accomplished animator as well as writer and illustrator of children's books, which are published in her native country. Her award winning illustrations are made using puppets, collages, and found objects.

As an animator, Professor Coelho worked for studios such as Blue Sky, PDI/Dreamworks, Wildbrain Inc., Tippett Studio, and with renowned directors Chris Wedge (the oscar winner Bunny, 1999), Carlos Saldanha, and Henry Sellick (Moongirl, 2005). She worked as animator in films such as Charlotte's Web, Hellboy, The Spiderwick Chronicles and Happy Feet. Professor Coehlo joined the cinema department of San Francisco State University in 2006. At SFSU, she designed the curriculum for the academic certificate in 3D computer animation (College of Extended Learning). She joined the faculty of San José State University in 2009.