I have been making artwork since I was three years old. My work is mostly figurative but covers a wide range of medias, including oil, watercolors, mono prints, hand-colored photography, assemblage, oil pastel drawings, and painted collage. Exploring identity and social justice issues dominate most of my subject matter. My work shows the influence of my mixed Hispanic background with vibrant colors and cultural references. I find inspiration from artists such as Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Joseph Cornell and many contemporary expressive artists with a painterly quality that I strive for in my own work. Found images intrigue me, so I use old engravings, vintage magazine images, old coloring books xeroxed and collaged, as well as things I find on the ground. I'm also involved with several groups that work with the homeless and I find these and other social justice issues influencing my work. Making artwork is central to my life and I want to expand beyond local parameters.
California State University, Fresno
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1983
Master of Fine Arts, 1986