I was born in Colombia in 1980 and graduated with a Fine Arts Degree in 2006, as well as a Masters in Education in 2011 in Bogotá. My involvement with artistic education has been very active since 2007, as an Art Teacher for Elementary, Middle and High School groups in different schools and non-profit organizations. In 2015 my family and I moved to the United States and I have been living and working in the Richmond area to date.
Richmond is a place where my artistic practice has grown significantly, connecting me to different people, communities, organizations and institutions to work on creative healing projects and ways of visibilizing a change of narrative into our different cultural identities. In 2019 my work was recognized as the cover story for the Top 40 Under 40 from Richmond’s Style Weekly Magazine, highlighting my role as an Art Program Director with Sacred Heart Center. That same year I organized and presented the first celebration of National Immigrants Day in Virginia, with a dance and drawing project called Migration Flow. And in November I had the chance to give a TEDx Youth talk on the different ways we can use Creative Languages to transform barriers into opportunities.
In 2020 my creative response to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic was a portrait project called Green Portraits, with daily virtually posted portraits of people who had recovered from Covid-19 around the world. Also this year my mural practice grew significantly and I was part of the Mending Walls project about social justice through public art. And for the second year in a row we had a celebration of National Immigrants Day with a project named Portraits Of Immigrant Voices, partnering with the Office Of Multicultural Affairs to highlight language diversity and open a wider perspective on immigration stories in RVA.