As an educator, I am committed to the vital role of visual art education as a force for lasting positive social and environmental change. I believe that a critical arts practice empowers us to not only to explore and appreciate the world we live in, but also to share our unique discoveries and points of view with our communities. I was the first instructor of fine art to ever receive the AAC&U K. Patricia Cross Award for Future Leaders in Higher Education. I have led workshops at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and at Yale University’s Department of Political Science, among others. I currently teach “Art in Education,” a class on how to integrate the arts to enhance classroom teaching, at the Teacher Education Department of the City University of New York, BMCC. For the past eight years, I have taught intensive studio classes for teens, including Portfolio Preparation, at the 92nd Street Y Art Center where I also mentor apprentice instructors through their Teaching Assistant program. I previously taught at the Cooper Union (where I was also the Administrative Coordinator of the Saturday Program for High School Students), Nassau Community College, Stony Brook University, and the Center for Arts Education’s Future Arts Initiative, a multi-year federally funded program where I mentored a cohort of NYC District 29 art teachers on best practices for incorporating contemporary art.
I was born in New York to Spanish parents and divide my time between NYC and Valencia, Spain. Since graduating from the Cooper Union, where I received a full merit scholarship, my artwork has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, and Japan. In addition to exhibiting in galleries and at universities, I have shown in unconventional and unexpected spaces, including the botanical gardens of Villa Monastero (Aletheia, 2019) and the Former Church of San Nicolau (Blu, 2016). I have also had my work projected onto the façade of the Organization of American States (Art after Dark, 2015), in public transport corridors in Japan and NYC (Toride International Video, 2014 and Under the Subway Video Art, 2012-13), and onto homes and public spaces as part of the Digital Graffiti Festivals (2012-15). My work is part of numerous collections including the Hispanic Society of America, Fundación Bancaja, and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos