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Edwin Fontanez is dedicated to creating the most beautiful stories on the culture of the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Through his company Exit Studio, founded in 1994, Puerto Rican artist, author and producer Edwin Fontánez has dedicated his art and career to creating original stories for children of all ages about the beautiful culture and folklore of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Through wholesome multimedia storytelling, Exit Studio is reaching new generations of U.S. Latinos and encouraging them to assert their cultural identity, recognize their traditions, and share them with friends and family.

Inspired by the values of Taíno society and their lasting legacy, Fontánez created the picture book 'On This Beautiful Island' as a heartfelt tribute to their culture and progressive way of thinking. Fontánez feels their instinctive understanding of the link between family and community and their acknowledgement of Nature's vital role in their survival hold powerful lessons for children of today.

Revealing what led him to this project, Fontánez says, "The first time I heard the word ‘Taíno,’ it conjured up for me vivid images of a remarkable people and an intriguing place in time full of wonderment. As an artist, I want to continue creating new ways to stimulate the curiosity of children in homes and classrooms by taking them to this beautiful and irreplaceable part of our history. I created 'On This Beautiful Island' because it is the kind of story I never heard as a child.”

Born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Fontánez earned a BA in Fine Art at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in San Juan, then relocated to New York and earned a degree in Communication Design at Pratt Institute. He has also pursued a fine art career, exhibiting his paintings in galleries in San Juan and Washington, D.C., but it is in writing for children about his island’s history where he has found his passion.

Birth Place
Bayamon, PR 
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Exit Studio
1466 N. Quinn St. 
Arlington VA 22209   US
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Exit Studio
Exit Studio is your source for unique and original children's picture books, activity books, and literature inspired by Caribbean culture.

The Illuminated Forest
12-year-old Mateo returns to his grandparents’ island to deal with a family tragedy. From the moment he arrives, a series of terrifying events turn his world upside down. A stray cat with a mohawk, a ruthless town bully, and a lost ghost mysteriously come together and change his life forever. The Illuminated Forest, Edwin Fontanez's debut novel, is an imaginative study in parallels: the fine lines that separate the real and the fantastic, the tangible and the mystical, the plausible and the magical. The novel’s heart is contained within the atmospheric, lush descriptions of the geography of an island that breathes and feels along with the characters. The Illuminated Forest is at times a very human portrait populated by flawed characters trying to find balance and renewal, at other times it is a magical escape into another realm when faith has failed them. The Illuminated Forest is a heartfelt story told through magical realism, a literary work that seeks to delve deeply into its characters’ humanity without sentimentality or trite happy endings.

I Promise You
I Promise You: An Introduction to Living the Animal-Human Bond by Edwin Fontánez is a guide for both children and adults to learn the simple steps that can be taken to reduce animal abuse and abandonment. Written in a refreshing and easy-to-understand style, I Promise You also offers themes for discussion not only at home but in the classroom as well. The book’s surprisingly simple ideas will empower readers to take action, starting with their own promise to care properly for their pets. The guide’s informative chapters cover subjects ranging from adoption statistics and animal behavior to pet safety and grooming. Most importantly, I Promise You helps readers make the most of their relationship with their pets and understand the principles of ethical and humane treatment of animals. Available in English or Spanish.

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