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Gene Barretta

Represented by

Painted Words, Inc
Suite 24
NEW YORK, NY 10025
United States

illustration of Image of young Thomas Edison from the book Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives.
illustration of Image from the book, Turtle and Rabbit with McGraw Hill.
illustration of Scene of zoo animals, a rhino and giraffe, escaping the zoo and walking down a road.
illustration of Image of rhino and girl diving from the book The Bat Can Bat.


As a self-taught illustrator with a BFA in Film Studies from NYU, before launching his career as an illustrator, he worked for many years in film and television production. He has written, animated, and scored several films for Sesame Street and designed characters for the Jim Henson Company. The pacing and layout of his illustrations reflect a cinematic sensibility inspired by his filmmaking background. His primary goal as an author-illustrator is to make learning enjoyable and revitalizing for kids, and his works often focus on inspiring figures. He loves to explore connections to the past, and the historical origins of modern objects and ideas. Naturally, Gene is his family’s archivist, and has a large collection of movies, toys, and books, featuring his brother, Bill, one of the Muppet performers. He also collects rare Beatles recordings and outtakes. Gene is the author and illustrator of critically acclaimed books, such as Lincoln and Kennedy, Now & Ben, Neo Leo, and Timeless Thomas. He lives outside of Philadelphia with his son. Clients include: Henry Holt & Co., Sesame Street, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Random House. Awards include: Carolyn W. Field Honor Book Award, 2017 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People and 2016 NYPL Best Books for Kids.


Cartoon, Whimsical


Humor, Animals, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Education, Family, Fantasy, Historical, People, Sports, Youth