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