Meet The Artists

Artist, Activist, and Alchemist (by way of creative transformation and the alchemic process of using art as a means to transform poison into medicine) Amaryllis aims to practice the integration of multiple art forms as a way to expose truth through beauty. She is an experienced muralist, performance poet, playwright, youth organizer, and visual artist. She has toured her poetry and solo show Sangria Cipher nationally, performing in various venues ranging from prisons, shelters, high school audit ...
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oriums, SisterSong Conference for Reproductive Justice, Children's Law Institute, and the WGI Manhattan stage. Her poetry was featured in the Wise Fool New Mexico's production of BAGGAGE, a social justice theater initiative that addresses issues of domestic violence and women of color within the state of New Mexico. Amaryllis is the co-founder (along with Cynthia Ruffin and Jessie Workman) of the B.R.E.A.T.H (Building a Revolution of Expression Through Heartwork) program in Albuquerque, NM that teaches poetry and performance to incarcerated youth as a means to heal, resolve conflict, and uplift. She is a graduate of the Brooklyn-based We Got Issues intensive leadership program and is currently pursuing a degree through the Individualized Major program at the California College of the Arts. Through innovation, integrity, intuition, and intention, Amaryllis has dedicated her life's work to stand with countless others in the movement that intersects the arts with activism, using creativity and expression as the tools necessary for community liberation, and the means by which we may all realize our sparkling dreams.
Chucha Marquez is a queer, Xican@ print maker from San Jose/Milpitas, currently living in Davis, CA. They recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a degree in Psychology and Chican@ Studies and a minor in Art Studio. Their work often incorporates intersections of identities and struggles and aims to elevate the voices of those who are often left in the margins. On their free time, Chucha volunteers at Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, a community art space in Woodland, ...
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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.
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 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. 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 ...
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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. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence. Rodriguez lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country. Favianna's mission is to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Through her bold and provocative art, sh ...
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e has already touched the hearts and minds of millions. In addition to her fine arts and community work, Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that's visionary, inspirational, radical and, most importantly, transformational. When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.
Innosanto Nagara is a founding member of Design Action Collective, a worker-owned, unionized, activist design studio. He is also the author/illustrator of A is for Activist (http://aisforactivist.com), an A-B-C book for activist families just like his. 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 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. As a fine artist, she weaves together dreamscapes folded in layers of line work, gouache, ink, pastel and a good amoun ...
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t 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 illustrations, which depict key individuals and moments of the immigrant rights movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado's artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement. His work has been praised by OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano, KPCC-FM 89.3's Multi-American blog, ABC News/Univison and the influential journal ColorLines. ...
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Salgado graduated from California State Universitiy, Long Beach with a degree in journalism.
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 is a fierce 23-year-old 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. 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 r ...
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esiliency. 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.
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 close to 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 seek ...
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s to honor and bring dignity to women's work and the work of caregivers.
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. Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center -- fea ...
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turing 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.
Micah is a visual artist and graphic designer who works with racial and economic justice organizers to make social change look irresistible. He is also an anti-zionist Jew and identifies as timtum (one of six jewish gender categories). He created the trans zine Timtum (1999), co-edited The Love and Justice Haggadah (2003), and is a member of transtorah.org. His recent project, Miklat Miklat, is about transformative justice, scapegoating and Cities of Refuge. ...
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He lives in Berkeley, CA and also loves growing food and learning the secret histories of plants. Micah is always eager to connect with social justice organizers who want to integrate art into their work.
Olivia graduated from the California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, with a BFA in Illustration. (Included CCA Semester of Study Abroad in Paris, France). She graduated with a Graphic Design Print Level 11 Certificate from the University of New Mexico.
Currently she resides in Albuquerque "Duke City", New Mexico.
A reviewer for Lost at E-Minor, a weekly newsletter that showcases music, fashion, design, and illustration from Australia and beyond wrote:

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k is a beautiful collection of every dream you've ever had."
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Robert Trujillo is a visual artist and father who employs the use of illustration, storytelling, and public art to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect the artists' cultural background, dreams, political, and personal beliefs.
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.
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 ...
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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.
Themes in his work include: Life, people in the act of sharing conversations and ideas, farming, landscape, animals, people, and death.