Photo credit: Cynthia Ayala
I’m a first-generation US born, Mexican indigenous woman. I picked up a film camera a year ago for the first time in over ten years and have not put it down.
For my work in general it is about creating a connection to community and to people who have similar struggles, pains, desires and dreams. Sometimes I have a hard time starting conversations, so I find that my camera is the ice breaker or my way to begin conversations.
I have been studying art since I was 11 years old. I am practiced in most visual art mediums. I graduated from the California College of the Arts and Crafts with a BFA in Fashion Design and Art in Community.
Since my graduation in 2006, I have traveled to El Salvador to teach art classes, paint murals with the community of Perquin, Morazan. I have created and implemented workshops all over the Bay Area and Salinas Valley. I have shown my work in varies galleries and centers. I have made costumes for the stage, worked in medium size fashion houses and styled films and photoshoots.
Im a teaching artist, mother, music enthusiast, collector of sorts and film lover. I can provide a CV upon request.