Biography

I am an artist, educator, and a fronterizo currently living in El Paso, Texas.  I was born in nearby Alamogordo, New Mexico, but had the privilege of being raised in Barrio Chihuahuita. I started drawing as a child and in middle school I was introduced to Lowrider Magazine’s Arte. The magazine’s reoccurring themes were always cars and women.  I fell in love with the image of the strong, powerful women of color: a theme I still use today.  I often attempted to replicate the arte, and gradually starting teaching myself different techniques. I eventually took one drawing class as a college student and a photojournalism course, too.  Most of my work was in black and white until I forced myself to start using pastels and this changed the course of my work, evolving to my most current pieces.

I am an artist, educator, and a fronterizo currently living in El Paso, Texas.  I was born in nearby Alamogordo, New Mexico, but had the privilege of being raised in Barrio Chihuahuita. I started drawing as a child and in middle school I was introduced to Lowrider Magazine’s Arte. The magazine’s reoccurring themes were always cars and women.  I fell in love with the image of the strong, powerful women of color: a theme I still use today.  I often attempted to replicate the arte, and gradually starting teaching myself different techniques. I eventually took one drawing class as a college student and a photojournalism course, too.  Most of my work was in black and white until I forced myself to start using pastels and this changed the course of my work, evolving into my most current pieces.

My journey as an advocate of social justice was ignited while I worked at a non-profit organization that provided re-entry services for inmates exiting Denver County Jail. During that same time, I volunteered as a tutor and mentor for inner-city youth often using art as a bonding mechanism.  I returned to the borderlands and worked in higher education by assisting farm-working communities within the region. The near decade-long work experience provided me with one of the most enlightening lessons on social justice. I learned that hard work and sacrifice go a long way.

I also earned a graduate degree during this same time. I was mentored by Dr. Cynthia Bejarano and enjoyed an interdisciplinary curriculum which included feminist research methods, critical race theory, social justice issues in the borderlands, and gender/human rights.  I was awarded the NMSU Dean of Arts and Sciences Graduate Award for Excellence and I graduated in 2013 with a Master’s of Criminal Justice.

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