Born on Columbus Day in New York City in 1968.
I was raised in Staten Island, NY. What you’d call a Nuyorican; second generation Puerto Rican born in NYC. Growing up in the "forgotten borough" made it tough to fit in and I experienced racism at an early age. Not having been born in Puerto Rico meant I wasn’t a native either, so it gives me a unique perspective.
A duality I began to call Birth of a Nuyorican: All the stigma with none of the romance!
I explore this duality in my work. I create Underground Black Market Devotional Propaganda; a sociopolitical art making use of pop surrealism and magical realism. Using Devotional Propaganda I reclaim my connection to the past, using the vernacular of the present, to change the course of the future. I create with intent and a little detournement can go a long way.
I'm featured in collections across the United States including Co-Chair of the 1199 SEIU National Benefit Fund Dennis Rivera, and Light Show and Installation Artist Joshua White, with whom I've been fortunate enough to collaborate. I live and work in the Bronx, NY.
I received scholarships to attend the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts where I studied under Sharon Sprung (who completely changed my life with her wisdom and expertise!).
I studied at the Art Student's League and The School of Visual Arts, NYC. I've taught at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Wagner college in New York.
In 2006 I received an Original Work Grant from the NY State Council of the Arts & Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, 2005 Grant from the George Sugarman Foundation. I received the James Amster Memorial Award from the National Arts Club, New York and won first prize for portraiture at the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts. I live and work in the Bronx, NYC.
EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS
2001 -04 National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts, New York, NY
2004 Art Students League, New York, NY
2000 - 01 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 Artists’ Round Table Series Lecture and Exhibition, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY
2005 El Santuario del Receptivo, Installation as part of JuneFest Exhibitions, Staten Island, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Work In Progress 2, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
Memories Un-Remembered: Thinking of Home (Longing), Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory
2014 Bronx Artist Documentary Project, Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY
Autumn 2014 Invitational, Aurora Public Art Commission, Aurora, Ill
Fruits Unheard Of & The Big Show: Working Artist Theater Project, NYC
102nd Exhibition of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, East Hampton, CT
Romare Bearden Centennial Tribute, The Bearden 100, The Romare Bearden Foundation
2012 Got Karma? Benefit for Rising Lotus Children's Village, Heaven, Orlando, FLA
2011 Curate NY, Rush Arts Gallery, NY, NY
2010 Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Half To Help Benefit for Haiti, Roger Smith Hotel, New York, NY
2009 Metropolitan Memories, Brennen Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Till Death Do Us Part , Wagner College Gallery, Staten Island, NY
From Here To There, Arts Council of the Morris Area, Morristown, NJ
Art by the Ferry Festival, Staten Island, NY
2008 Learn, Promote, Defend, Center for Civil Human Rights, Mason Murer Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
In the News: A Multi-Media Exhibition - Curated by Morley Safer, Pen and Brush Inc., NY, NY
Visual Politics: Art & The American Experience, Curated by Peter Selz, Santa Cruz Art League, CA
Wagner College Faculty Show, Staten Island, NY
Full Disclosure - Remote Studio Residency & Exhibition, Show Gallery, Staten Island, NY
2006 Multiplicity = Unity, Transcend, Curator, Spring Arts Festival, Staten Island, NY
Featured Artist, Vlepo Gallery, SI, NY
2004 “Take Off Your Pants” - Collaborative installation w/ Joshua White, Michael Smith, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY
National Arts Club Invitational, New York, NY
We Make the Road by Walking : Social Justice Calender & Exhibition, Bread and Roses Cultural Project Gallery 1199, NY
2006 Original Work Grant, NY State Council of the Arts & Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island
George Sugarman Foundation 2005 Grant Recipient, George Sugarman Foundation
2005 Exhibiting Arts Award 2005 June Fest, Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI)
James Amster Memorial Award, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
2004 First Prize for Portraiture, National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts, New York, NY
2014 Bronx Artists Collective, Bronx Artist Documentary Project Book, On The Mark 2014,
Hu, Winnie, At Work In A Bronx That Brims With Creativity, The New York Times, September 14, 2014