Elsa Garagarza is a Mexican-born animator and storyboard artist who contributed to the backgrounds of numerous episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender and worked as an artist on two of the franchise's comics. She later returned to the Avatar franchise as a storyboard artist for five episodes of The Legend of Korra.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits

Background layout

Background designer

Background supervisor

Background painter

Storyboard artist

Comic artist

The Legend of Korra credits

Storyboard artist

Selected other credits

Television work


Biographical information

Elsa Garagarza was born in Monterrey, Mexico.[1] She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in the field of architecture from ITESM (Monterrey, Mexico) and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Academy of Arts University. She moved to the United States in 2001 in the hopes of finding a career in the animation industry and got her big break in 2004 when Nickelodeon hired her to work on Avatar: The Last Airbender.[2] She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[3]


  • Garagarza's favorite Avatar character is Sokka.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Miller, Evan (2009-01-31). "Elsa Garagarza". The Gallery. Retrieved on August 1, 2013.
  2. "Elsa Garagarza". Retrieved on July 28, 2013.
  3. Garagarza, Elsa. Blogger: User Profile: Elsa Garagarza. Blogger. Retrieved on July 28, 2013.