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Born in Venezuela, South America, Mara Gil has lived all over the world but grew up primarily in the United States. From an early age, art was her all-consuming passion which lead her to get a Summa Cum Laude Bachelors of Fine Art in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art & Design and later a Masters In Fine Arts in Illustration with Distinction at Edinburgh University in the College of Art. For 15 years, she was a working artist for companies including but not limited to: Hearst Publishing, TokyoPop, and Blizzard Entertainment, doing comics and illustration art. Currently, she is the Visual Arts Coordinator for BASIS International School Shenzhen where she teaches 6th grade and up, AP Art and Digital Art.

Mara believes in preparing students for the rigor of real-life artistic professional endeavors as well as the skills needed to succeed in the Advanced Placement for Art. Emphasis is placed on anatomy and perspective as well as a wide variety of media. Mara developed and teaches the first Digital Art course in the entire BASIS network, using iPad Pros and the app Procreate.

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