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I am obsessed with the awkwardness of the human body (especially my own!). I have been very fortunate to build a career creating images that reflect a world in which shame doesn’t exist and characters always live in the tender breach between childhood and maturity. I work from personal yet universal experiences with embarrassment and everyday misfortunes. I’m constantly chasing the happy medium between “this gave me a panic attack” and “omg this is so funny.” 

I was born and raised in sunny San Salvador, El Salvador, and I currently live in rainy Vancouver, BC. I studied traditional drawing at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and went on to graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a BFA in Animation in 2013. 

My paintings and short films have been exhibited in art galleries all over the Americas, screened in film festivals all over the world, and never fail to make my parents utterly uncomfortable. 

Upcoming Markets:

Artbreakers + Vancouver Mural Festival Mini Market / Vancouver, BC / August 10th

Unibrow Zine Festival / Vancouver, BC / August 25th

Canzine West / Vancouver, BC / September 21st

hire me to make some illustrations, animate a short, loop some gifs, or just say hi!
i love saying hi.

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Features

SAD Magazine SADcast / Exhibitionists (CBC Arts) / Exhibitionists (Tutorial - CBC Arts) / Luchadoras.MX / Huffpost / CBC Arts / Not Another Fashion Blog / Hysteria! Revista / Mujeres al Borde / Imperfectu Gender Studies Festiva

Shows & Exhibitions

2019 Yeguas, Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2019 Boobies and Wieners, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver, BC

2018 Hot One Inch Action, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver, BC
2018 Feminismos Ilustrados (o Ilustrando Feminismos), Centro Cultural de España en El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador

2017 Boobies and Wieners, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver, BC
2017 Feminist Art Conference Residency Open Studios Exhibition, Toronto, ON

2016 Hispanic International Children's Art Exhibition (Finalist), Las Vegas, NV
2016 Hot One Inch Action - Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver, BC

2015 Illustration West 54 Exhibition Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Pop Secret Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 It’s a Sheep Show, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver, BC
2014 Boobies and Wieners: Bigger and Longer, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver, BC
2013 The Show at ECU, Grad Exhibition, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
2012 30 Day Drawing Challenge, Galería Exponencial, Escuela de Comunicaciones Mónica Herrera, El Salvador
2011 Deck Show, The Fall Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 Drawing for Animation Show, Co-Curator, Emily Carr University Library, Vancouver, BC
2011 Daydreams and Nightmares, Anthology / Illustration Gallery Show, Concourse Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver, BC
2009 Foundation Show, Concourse Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver, BC
2008 Summer Show, Gallery 31 at the Corcoran College of Art, Washington, DC