Eric Velasquez: My great-uncle Felix, the architect

Award-winning author and illustrator Eric Velasquez talks about discovering that his grandmother's brother, Felix, was an architect, and the importance of that discovery for his cousin, who was a draftsman. You can see the full interview with Eric in our Meet the Author section.


My grandmother had a brother who was an architect, and my cousin Egger early on became a draftsman. And so once again, he thought he was like, he is the first. And when my grandmother said, “Yeah, my brother Felix was an architect and was responsible for a few buildings that were actually built,” it's like, wow. He felt so proud of knowing like fitted, this was part of our family already that I'm not the first. It's like me learning that my mom drew and understanding that it was handed down. So these things are important, sharing it, because I always feel that, and I think it was James Baldwin who wrote this, where once a person does not know their history, they are forced then to invent it.