Everything about Pilsen inspired me. The vibrant cultural production and community strength, as well as the landscape, shaped by architecture and immigrant history. I enjoyed documenting its minutiae in paintings and sculptures as much as I enjoyed being a part of a collective voice against immigrant injustice, gentrification, violence and advocate for the arts and youth empowerment.
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I was born and raised in Pilsen to parents from Michoacan. Exposed at a young age to the artists, activists and educators in the community, I was forever motivated and inspired to produce art and celebrate the community. I connected to artists in Pilsen through the Pilsen art walk as a volunteer, then later as a studio on the map, having founded a gallery/studio with artist Antonio Martinez.
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Los Angeles, CA
Drawing, Fiber art, Illustration, Installation, Mixed Media, New/Digital Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Social Practice, Urban Art, Performance.Performance.