Artist's Statement

I was born in New York City of Puerto Rican parents who came during the great migration of the 1940s, and grew up in the slums and projects of New York struggling to understand the cultural, political and economic impact of the mainland on my people. My parents always told us we were part indio, and my spirit always searched for anything about the native peoples of the Caribbean, the Taino and Caribs. My search for my roots led me to the indigenous peoples of the Americas as well as various tribal organizations. I delved deeply into my history and culture, and seek to embody in my work their generosity, nobility, and love of land and family.

My participation in sacred native ceremonies served to anchor the work in the spiritual, and reflects the journey of redescubrimiento. In this journey of rediscovery, pre-columbian symbols and myths and their modern interpretation have been the signature themes of my work. Each symbol, myth, and ceremony form the narrative that pulls the viewer into the transformative power of my past as both person and artist. Created with traditional and computer techniques, the works seem to exist as real objects, but in reality are inventions existing totally in a cyber-reality. This cyber-reality can be likened to the alternate reality that indigenous shamans have witnessed from time immemorial. The viewer delves into the mystery of a culture where life is vibrant, emotional, and not so simple or "primitive."

My one-woman shows include: "People of the Earth: Campesinos, Jibaros y Cholos" (Folger Shakespeare Center, Washington, DC), "Ancient Voices, Modern Tools", George Mason University Arlington Professional Center Art Gallery, and "Memorias", National Puerto Rican Coalition. My work has been featured in invitational and juried shows at the Centro Ceremonial de Tibes (Ponce, Puerto Rico), the American Museum of Natural History (New York, New York), United Nations (New York, New York), La Posada Galeria (Sacramento, California), the Fairfax Arts Council (Arlington, Virginia), the Ned Hatathli Museum, Dine College (Tsaile, Arizona), the Mattie Rhodes Art Center (St. Louis, Missouri), the Capital Children’s Museum (Washington, D.C.), and the Arlington Arts Center (Virginia). In 2002, I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California.

I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in painting from George Washington University, Washington, DC, and continued my studies at the New York Art Students League, the Corcoran School of Art, Art Students League at the Torpedo Factory and the Washington Studio School. Currently, I make my living from the arts as an artist and graphic designer.