Baby Jesus 2, 16″x20″, Oil on Canvas, 2019

Coming from a low-income latinx background, options seemed limited. Not wanting to become a statistic in the eyes of the White gaze pushed me to grow as an artist, activist, and teacher. My art is symbolic of my perception of the real world and draws a connection between shifting through cultures as an Afro-Puerto Rican American. I tend to paint from thinking about relationships between the subjects and structures that show up either around or behind the main subjects. Drawing from a difficult upbringing, I attempt to truth tell the quiet history.

I attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston from 2013-2018, where I majored in Art with a minor in Psychology. There, I began my official journey as an artist and graduated with Cum Laude honors. Following UMass Boston, I pursued a graduate degree from Boston College as a Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar, where I earned an M.Ed, graduating with a 3.78 GPA in 2019. Currently, I am a candidate for a Masters in Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, expected to graduate May 2021.