Hi! I am Maria Carlizza C. Pagaduan, but everyone calls me Arli. I am an illustrator and writer; essentially, I am a storyteller.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia Arts and Sciences (MAS) in Mapúa Institute of Technology (now Mapúa University) in May 2013, my studies, campus journalism experience for several years, and interest in sharing stories led me to embark on a career in illustration and writing.

I love exploring other medium and styles – art is indeed a journey of continuous discovery, and I believe that there is definitely a specific medium that a certain story must be told.

I aim to write and illustrate books and graphic novels, work on animated films (I dream to be a Visual Development Artist someday in the animation industry), purposefully and efficiently use my gifts for spreading awareness on significant issues, and encouraging others to embrace and endure their passion along with the meaningful suffering that comes with it.

My inspirations in storytelling and drawing include people, family, personal experiences, nature, the principles of life, conversations, places, animals, space, and the responsibility of an artist to remind others of light.

In everything I do, I aim to create art that is life-giving, relevant, and symbolic of life’s most important principles.

*Resume available upon request.

Self-Published Books
Seedlings: A Short Story Collection
Published Sept. 2017

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang InK) 
April 2016 – present


Shelved Wishes Exhibit (Art Installation Group)
Prism Gallery, Makati
June 2018

Re_Tale: Philippine Tales Retold (Group)
Sining Makiling Gallery, DL Umali Hall, UP-Los Baños
Feb. – March 2018

Brave New World – Ang InK Annual Art Exhibit (Group)
Arts Above, Quezon City
Nov. – Dec. 2017

Tinker Tales: Ang InK’s 25th Anniversary Exhibit (Group)
Ayala Museum
Sept. – Oct. 2016

8letters Boutique Bookstore Newsletter

Other Interests – These include books, photography, making videos, traveling, languages, culture, design, space, films, hiking, cooking, and baking.