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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.