Artist Statement

I’m an Ecuadorian-American artist based in Queens, NY. My work is grounded in maintaining a connection to my familial roots and synthesizing an independent version of myself between two cultural identities.

My diverse body of work is unified by the use of repurposed, recycled objects, a method which mirrors my experience of being seen for my potential and given a chance to thrive. It also honors my resourceful grandparents, from whom I learned the use of creativity to surpass obstacles.

Using a variety of media, I bring contradicting elements into balance -- making the familiar and the unfamiliar exist together in an autonomous reality that is both welcoming and jarring.

Art empowers my voice by providing a gateway to self-reflection, and my work is a visual journal of taking chances, growing from challenges, and tracing the passage of time.

The results of this process are vibrant and richly textured surfaces full of patterns and marks.

CV

Ecuador, B. 1987

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual and Critical Studies, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY - 2013

Associate of Fine Arts, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), Branchburg, NJ - 2011


Exhibitions

2020

2-1-2 Juried Exhibition, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT (Juror: Sharon Butler)

2019

SYstems and shapes, Pine plains free library, pine plains, ny (curated by peter FULOP, sponsored by chashama-chanorth) (*SOLO SHOW)

Creative Mosaic, Long Island City Artists - The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY (Curated by Osman Can Yerebaken)

The Art of Layering, National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) Gallery, New York, NY

2018

Small Works 2018 Online Exhibition, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

La Gloriosa, Case de la Cultura Núcleo del Guayas, Guayaquil, EC

Puro Color!, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017

Continuations, RVCC Art Gallery, Branchburg, NJ

2016

Small Works for Big Change 2016, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, New York, NY

Summer Haven - Visual Artists Corner, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

Uptown Arts Review, Rio II Gallery, New York, NY

2015

Regarded Strangers and Other Urgencies, Inter-Space Gallery and Lab, New York, NY (*Solo show)

Zeit und Geist, VCS Gallery, New York, NY

49th Exposición de Pintura y Escultura, Asociación Cultural Las Peñas, Guayaquil, EC

Annual Photography Show, Greenpoint Gallery, New York, NY

2014

Time Traveler, Spinnerei Spring Gallery Tour, LIA, Leipzig, Germany

Asteroid, Spinnerei Winter Gallery Tour, LIA, Leipzig, Germany

2013

VCS Open Studios, 133 West 21 Street, New York, NY

Defending Dialogue, West Side Gallery, New York, NY

2012

Women’s History Month, RVCC College Center, Branchburg, NJ

Varied Visions: RVCC Independent Study Show, RVCC Art Gallery, Branchburg, NJ

2010

Infect/ Affect/ Effect, RVCC Mini Gallery, Branchburg, NJ

Juried Exhibition, RVCC Main Gallery, Branchburg, NJ (Juror: Paul Henry Ramirez)

Student Art Exhibition Part I & II, RVCC Main Gallery, Branchburg, NJ


Awards, Grants & Residencies

2019

ARTWorks Inc. fELLOWSHIP program, jAMAICA Center for arts and learning, Queens, NY (Cycle 2019-2020) - Funded by the Jerome Foundation

ChaNorth International Artists-in-Residence Program, ChaShaMa, Pine Plains, NY (Selection panel: Lauren Bierly, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Michelle Levy and David Rios Ferreira)

2017

NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program (Presented by NoMAA)

2015

Inter-Space Residency Program, Inter-Space Gallery and Lab, New York, NY

2014

Artist Residency, Leipzig International Art Program (LIA), Leipzig, Germany

2013

Visual and Critical Studies Scholarship, School of Visual Arts

2012

HSF/Lowe’s Companies, Inc Scholarship

2011

Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship, School of Visual Arts

Department Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, RVCC

2010

Phi Theta Kappa Scholar Award, RVCC

RVCC Merit Scholarship, RVCC

2010

Phi Theta Kappa Scholar Award, RVCC

RVCC Merit Scholarship, RVCC

2019

Artist Talk, Pine Plains Free Library, Pine Plains, NY

Public Talks