I am a Long Beach-based illustrator and painter who creates imagery based on personal experience, cultural influences, and current social issues. I use portraiture to focus on queer visibility, female empowerment, and multicultural identity. I incorporate various methods such as painting, collage, photography, and printmaking in order to fabricate an image. My experiences as a non-binary queer Mexican-Japanese American navigate much of the content I create. Naturally, a lot of my work requires thorough research due to the erased and often edited histories of black, indigenous, trans, and/or queer people of color.
My goal is to use my platform as an artist to question and challenge complex issues of identity in order to tell stories and provoke necessary conversations about the intersection of race, gender, and class. By educating and sharing my experiences, I use my work to connect with audiences who relate to those who exist on the margins of society.
When I am not busy painting in the studio, documenting visual references, or researching about queer indigenous history, I’m most likely splurging on a meal I can’t afford, reading a friend’s birth chart, or dancing to sad songs.
I am currently freelancing and open for commissions.
2019 June - OUT LOUD LB - Featured artist - Annual LGBTQ Arts festival geared towards showcasing the artistic and cultural achievements of the greater LGBTQ+ community in Long Beach; the festival included a queer art group show called Queer Futures where other artists and I participated and displayed work.
2019 March-Present – RAW Natural Born Artists – Visual Artist – Featured and sold recent works in a showcase highlighting Los Angeles based visual artists, photographers, musicians, and performers; RAW alumni artist
2018 September-Present - Arts Council of Long Beach – Member: Visual Artist – Involved with Long Beach’s Arts Council projects that focus on Long Beach based artists who specialize in visual, performing, and traditional arts.
2018 June-Present - Pow! Wow! Long Beach – Muralist Assistant – Pow! Wow! Long Beach was a week-long event that featured many artists painting murals all over Long Beach; I assisted local and international artists with painting murals, providing supply runs, and collaborating on projects.
(Upcoming) September 12, 2019 - Generational: Local Latinx LGBTQI Artists - Featured Artist - Long Beach City College Art Gallery
June 29, 2019 - OUT LOUD Long Beach - Featured Artist - Art Theatre
Mar 20, 2019 - RAW Los Angeles Reflect – Featured Artist - Exchange LA
Feb 2019 – Glass Showcasing – Fine Arts 3, Cal State Long Beach
Sep 2018 – Glass Showcasing – Fine Arts 3, Cal State Long Beach
Feb 2018 - Glass Showcasing – Fine Arts 4, Cal State Long Beach
“KING”; “Saint Marsha”
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Bachelor of Art: Studio Art, Emphasis in Illustration
California State University of Long Beach, California
August 2016 – June 2019
Techniques: Papermaking, book-binding, woodworking, jewelry-making
Machinery: Hand tools and woodworking machines
Design: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint