Meet The Artists

Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski is an artist who uses culturally “classed” materials to create 2-D and performative work that explores how we might be programming our future in relationship to systems of marginalization. She is concerned specifically with the futuristic femme myth as it applies to queer and of color communities. ...
Crystal Clarity
Crystal Clarity is an Illustrator, Muralist and Teaching Artist born, raised and based in New York City. Her work serves and celebrates women of color and communities of color. Her vibrant organic urban styles merge the intersections of culture, gender, spirit and city life. Working in a variety of mediums from pencil to paintbrush on anything from Bristol to Brick walls her work can be found on contour cut plywood, canvas or covering the side of a building in any one of the inner city boroughs.
Chucha Marquez is a print maker, digital artist, and social media copywriter. His work often incorporates intersections of identities and struggles and aims to elevate the voices of those who are often left on the margins. Chucha lives in Sacramento but was born and raised in San Jose and Milpitas, California. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Psychology, a degree in Chican@ Studies, and a minor in Art Studio.
Donna Choi
Donna Choi is an illustrator and designer based in New York City and Los Angeles. Her work explores stories of migration, displacement, and the rise of the new diaspora. With inspiration drawn from folk narratives, headline news, and the spirits & stories found within family members, friends, and strangers, Donna distorts and re-imagines these narratives in order to build a world that is playful yet dark, ordinary yet fantastical, quiet yet cacophonous.
Ernesto Yerena
Ernesto Yerena was born in El Centro, CA, a mid- sized farming town bordering Mexicali, BC, MX. Fueled by his cross-national upbringing, his art practice reflects his observations of the views and interactions between the Mexican communities living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. ...
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The artist shares narratives of his conflicts of identity that he feels are kindred to what many Chicanos of these communities experience. Although Yerena identifies as Chicano he also strongly identifies as Native/Indigenous to this continent which is often seen in his work. His work depicts his frustrations with the oppression in his community as well as creating work in solidarity with the community in the defense of dignity and rights. Through his brazen imagery, the artist brings political concerns to light with subject matter that depicts cultural icons, rebels and everyday people voicing their stance against oppression. In 2008 Yerena created the Hecho Con Ganas publishing project in which he produces politically and socially conscience images that are produced in limited edition silkscreen prints. Highly recognized for his activism, Yerena is the founder and curator of the Alto Arizona Art campaign (2010) as well as a founding member of the We Are Human campaign (2009). Yerena has collaborated on many thought provoking projects which include artists Zack de la Rocha, Shepard Fairey, Manu Chao, Ana Tijoux, Philip Lumbang, Jaque Fragua, Diane Ovalle, Chuck D, and Mochilla.
Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence.

Favianna’s practice is grounded in the desire to humanize and empower communities who are impacted by inequality and racism.

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She submerges herself fully in the issues she addresses in order to produce work that is informed by the social and political conditions of the time. She spends time on the front lines with affected communities, researches policies, and supports fellow artists of color and migrants through resources, mentorship, and collaborative opportunities. Born in Oakland, California, Favianna’s earliest mentors were artists and movement leaders in the Chicano and Black Arts Movement. When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights.

Innosanto Nagara is a founding member of Design Action Collective, a worker-owned, unionized, activist design studio. He is also the author/illustrator ofthe chlidren's books A is for Activist , A de Activista (with Martha Gonzalez from Quetzal), and the upcoming Counting on Community. Originally from Indonesia, Inno moved to the US to study zoology. Despite his love of science, he found himself compelled to social justice activism, employing his skills in graphic design. Twenty-five years later, that is still what he's doing.
Joy Liu
Joy Gloria Liu is an illustrator, graphic designer, yogi and hospitality industry OG with an interdisciplinary degree in Art, Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies from Mills College in Oakland, CA. As a designer, she provides creative communication and graphic design services for small local businesses, independent artists, and non-profit organizations committed to social justice. ...
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As a fine artist, she weaves together dreamscapes folded in layers of line work, gouache, ink, pastel and a good amount of gold dust. Her reflective vignettes honor the inner worlds of imagined characters traveling back and forth in liminal spaces, exploring and embracing the distances, barriers, and bridges in-between. Joy was born in Los Angeles and raised by the inimitable city of Oakland, where she was blessed with community, creativity, and the space/time to grow her spirit, fight the good fight, serve the people, and fall in love.
Julio Salgado is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his visual art, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement.
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His work has been praised by OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano, KPCC-FM 89.3's Multi-American blog and the influential journal ColorLines. In July 2012, Salgado and other undocumented activists joined Jose A. Vargas on the cover of Time Magazine. Salgado graduated from California State Universitiy, Long Beach with a degree in journalism. To see more of his artwork and other collaborations, you can go to juliosalgado.com

Ka Yan Cheung
Ka Yan Cheung, the daughter of restaurant and garment industry workers, was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to New York's Chinatown. She organizes immigrant workers in San Francisco's Chinatown, while trying to find time for art, movies, and good Asian food. Her Mama's Day card recognizes the creativity and sacrifices of poor and working mother-figures who care for and provide for their families.
Kirbie Platero
Kirbie Platero is a fierce Dine mother, graffiti/visual artist, social justice activist, and poet. Ms. Platero's impressive reputation of art and activism she has thus far established in her young life since the age of 13 is inspired and driven by being a young indigenous mama. ...
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Ms. Platero has promoted vital awareness and education around issues regarding reproductive/family justice, substance abuse, sex education, domestic/sexual violence, incarceration, motherhood, and community resiliency. Ms. Platero's creative expressions are personified through the marriaging of genius passion, stirring visual art, and her pro-women-social-justice-conscience. Her dynamic talent encompasses an impressively broad range of artistic mediums, extending from graffiti and street art to painted canvases, mixed media art Photoshop, watercolor, colored pencil, and ink. Now soon-to-be mother of two, Kirbie will continue creating awareness around community issues using her struggle, experience, and visual art.
Molly Crabapple
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, will be published by HarperCollins in November 2015. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Mohammed Fayaz is a queer Muslim illustrator who makes art under the pseudonym of Mojuicy. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Mohammed is a self taught artist who illuminates the otherwise esoteric experience of being a queer person of color in New York. He is intent on documenting his vibrant community through his artwork with themes of intimacy, tenderness, and touch. Mohammed is also a part of Papi Juice, a dance party in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, that is an intentional space for queer and trans people of color.
Micah is a visual artist and graphic designer who works with social justice organizers to make change look irresistible. They are also an anti-zionist Jew and identify astimtum (one of six jewish gender categories). Micah creates political graphics, paintings and sculptures inspired by struggles to decolonize ourselves from white supremacy, patriarchy, and the gender binary, and how to reimagine ourselves in right relation to the planet in the face of catastrophic climate change.
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His art is a discipline of hope and a practice of envisioning ha-olam haba — the world that is coming, the world we are building. His recent project, Miklat Miklat is about transformative justice, scapegoating and Cities of Refuge. Micah also loves growing food and learning the secret histories of plants.

Melanie Cervantes is a Xicana activist-artist whose role is to translate the hopes and dreams of justice movements into images that are life-affirming and that inspire people to take action. Melanie's work includes black and white illustrations, paintings, installations and paper stencils, but she is best know for her prolific production of political screen prints and posters. ...
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Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center — featuring powerful youth, elders, women, and queer and indigenous peoples.

Melanie's training as an artist began with her mother and father. She learned color theory while helping her mother select fabric for school clothes at Los Angeles swap meets; and she developed some of her technical skills by watching her dad repurpose neighborhood junk into her childhood treasures.

Her most revered mentor is her partner and fellow printmaker Jesus Barraza, with whom she formed Dignidad Rebelde, a collaborative graphic arts project that translates stories of struggle and resistance into artwork that can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspire it.

Melanie has exhibited at Galería de la Raza (San Francisco); Woman Made Gallery and National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago); Mexic-Arte and Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (Austin, TX); and Crewest (Los Angeles). Internationally her art has reached Mexico, Slovenia, Palestine, Venezuela, Switzerland and Guatemala. Her work is in public collections of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the Latin American Collection of the Green Library at Stanford, and the Hispanic Research Center at the Arizona State University as well as various private collections throughout the U.S.

Mariana Viturro
Mariana Viturro works with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the leading organization working to build power, respect, and fair labor standards for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. She has been organizing for over 15 years in movements of low-income immigrant communities and communities of color. With her art, she seeks to bring compelling images to the movement and to make heros of everyday people who are making history fighting for justice. In her card, she seeks to honor and bring dignity to women's work and the work of caregivers.
Nikki McClure lives in Olympia, Wa. She has been making books and calendars since the 90's. Before that she participated in Olympia’s music scene and performed around the country. Her work explores the strength of connections: between people, between organisms, between land and water of our Earth. She has a new children’s book out,”In” about a child who only wants to stay inside, in pajamas, in, in, in to the consternation of his parent.
Olivia E. Fuente (Olive Primo Design) is an artist specializing in illustration, graphic design, surface & textile design and painting. Her illustrations and designs have provided creative solutions for Apparel Companies, Film + Television Productions, Nightclubs, Non-Profit Organizations, Independent Musicians, Private Businesses and Various National and International Magazines.
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She has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally, including: Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan, Rome, Italy, Melbourne, Australia, Christchurch, New Zealand, across Canada (via the BookMobile) and across the U.S.

Olivia graduated from the California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, with a BFA in Illustration. She recently graduated with a Multimedia Web / Graphic Design Print Level II Certificate from the University of New Mexico's Continuing Education Program.

Olivia creates layered compositions - from cute to sophisticated - with a distinctive, whimsical, fun flair. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives with her two very charming and energetic cats, Elvis and Sanza.

Rommy is a brown, undocuqueer, trans artist and activist born in Iquique, Chile and currently residing in Naples, Florida. They have been involved in the (im)migrant rights struggle for several years and infuse much of their work with personal experience and the stories their community shares. Rommy is part of a grassroots initiative, the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, which believes in the strength our communities have and how powerful stories can really be.
Taja Lindley
Taja Lindley is a performing and visual artist, full-spectrum doula, a contributor to Echoing Ida , and founder of Colored Girls Hustle. You can follow her on twitter .
Verónica Bayetti Flores
Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color.
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In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Zéna Allen
Zena Carlota Pearl Allen is a self-taught artist who currently resides in the Bay area. In 2010, she began creating drawings for the first time in 13 years informed by Mithila art: a folkloric painting tradition of Indian and Nepalese women. She is deeply inspired by her personal research of folklore, oral histories, and the iconic imagery she encountered while living in East and West Africa as a teacher and student, respectively.

Studying the music and storytelling tradition of "Jaliyaa" as a kora player (West African harp) for the past six years has placed her on a journey that is a natural progression to apply in her own art the same themes of ritual and tradition found in West African music.

Zena is a writer, educator, musician, and traveler whose current projects include a children's book about Ethiopia, a series of mixed-media paintings/collages about prayers in different cultures, and sculptural projects inspired by the African water Deity, Mami Wata. She has exhibited throughout the Bay area at Joyce Gordon Gallery; Studio One Art Center; Omiiroo gallery; San Francisco Mission Arts and Performance Project; Lucidity Festival in Santa Cruz; and has participated artistically in events that support AAO (Afrikanation Artists Organization), a non-profit that connects artists throughout the African Diaspora.