Marie Zhivago is an American Cartoonist, Published Children's book Author based in San Diego, California.
She received a San Diego Public Library Local Author Medal in 2013.
Zhivago was also appointed by the Mayor and City Council as Commissioner for the City of Chula Vista, Cultural Arts Commission (December 2nd, 2014-2018).
Dual Majored in art and medical field.
Zhivago graduated from college in 1989, from FIDM, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, California. Then 1993 she obtained a Surgical Technology Certificate from Southwestern College.
She earned the nickname Dr. Zhivago working as a surgical assistant, by surgeons and anesthesiologists.
Dr. Zhivago always made time for children while working full-time in the medical field. She taught part-time, the wonderful world of drawing and basic cartoon animation throughout San Diego schools, libraries, museums and even taught art in the critical care unit at Rady Children's Hospital, since 1996.
Eventually, Dr. Zhivago would turn her back on assisting in the operating room and find her way back to art.
In 2011 Dr. Zhivago began writing her first book entitled, "The Sakura." The book was published in 2012.
As as tribute to fellow illustrator-author Dr. Seuss, Dr. Zhivago was also chosen as a nickname amongst the children and staff of the elementary schools she visited.
Dr. Zhivago's cartoons and stories have an environmental theme and teaches kids about awareness.