Nívea Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

She earned the degree of Bachelor in Fine Arts with a major in Illustration from Pratt Institute in New York.

Back in Puerto Rico, she began her professional career at the leading newspaper El Nuevo Día, illustrating covers and

articles for the sections Por Dentro, De Viaje and De Moda.

She collaborated in Dialogo, the University of Puerto Rico’s newspaper and in Caras fashion magazine.

She also has a prominent career in the field of children’s illustration.

Her clients include Simon & Schuster Publishing, Penguin Random House, La Editorial de la UPR, Ediciones SM,

Alfaguara Infantil-Juvenil, Ediciones Norte, Indulge Chocolat, McDonald’s and Coca Cola.

Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators N.Y., the Publishers Association of the West, The Society of

Newspaper Design and the Asociación de Fotoperiodistas de P.R.

She was named winner of the "My San Juan Mural" 2015 contest held by The Mall of San Juan, PR.

Among her most recent distinctions, she won the P.R. Heineken Jazz Fest poster design competition in 2012, 2013 and 2017.

In 2018 she was invited to be part of the collective exhibition: Women Who Draw at ISB Gallery, Rhode Island School of

Design/ RISD Illustration.