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I was born and raised in Mexico City, where I worked in the entertainment industry. Learning English in the US as an adult gave me a unique perspective on the language’s nuances. I employ video, performance and photography in the way the mass media does, using humor and wit to delve into issues of immigration, cultural stereotypes, identity and being bilingual. As both an insider and outsider, I look at the machinations of American culture. The Museum Of Latin American Art, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Torrance Art Museum have exhibited my work.

Education:
2017 Master of Fine Arts, Photography. California State University, Long Beach
2013 Master of Arts, Visual Arts. California State University, Northridge
2007 Certificate Program in Advertising. University of California Los Angeles
2006 Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences. Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2020
Almost Presidential, Orange Cost College, Online Project
L.A. Mise-En-Scène Video Art Festival * Tarot 3, Video Festival
8×8, Feminist Art Exhibition, UC Santa Barbara, California
What She Said Living in Dystopia, ace/121 Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2019
up[route]d, Spartanburg Art Museum, South Carolina
Labyrinth, CSUN Art Alumni Association, Los Angeles, California
Under the Influence, Citrus College, Los Angeles, California

2018
Dual Vision, Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, California
Juried Exhibition 2018, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Transpose, ESXLA, Los Angeles, California
SoCal MFA 2018, Millard Sheets Art Center, Los Angeles, California

2017
South Bay Focus, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
Who Do You Think You Are?, San Fernando Valley Art Community Center, California
Postura, Whittier Museum, Whittier, California
Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach, California
Verge,
South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, California
State Of The Union, Brainworks, Los Angeles, California
Dear President, South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro, California

2016
Who are you?, Museum Of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California
South Bay Focus
, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California. Juror: Patrick Frank
State Of The Union, Stephen F. Austin State University gallery, Nacogdoches, Texas
S/Election, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach, California
31st Annual Made in California Juried Exhibition, City of Brea Art Gallery, California
Defend and Advance, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, California
ONE: Mind, Body, Spirit, Mujeres de Maiz, Self Help Graphics, Boyle Heights, California

2015
Taking Pictures, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Do You Copy? Potter Gallery, Missouri Western State University, Missouri
Pulse of LA. LA Art Core. Los Angeles, California. Juror: Leslie Cozzi
Storytelling: Narrative Arts in the New Century. 3rd Hildegard Festival of Women in the Arts, California State University, Stanislaus

2014
Fresh. South Bay Contemporary, Los Angeles. Juror: Mat Gleason, art critic and curator
Mental Landscapes. Annenberg Community Beach House, Los Angeles

2012
Lines: Walked And Crossed And Otherwise. PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont.
CSUN Painting Guild. California State University, Northridge
Ceramic Guild Annual Art Show. California State University, Northridge.
CSUN Printmaking Society. California State University, Northridge
Annual Juried Art Student Exhibition. California State University, Northridge

Solo Exhibition:
2019 Repeat After Me / Repitan Después de Mi, University of Dayton, Ohio

Collections:
De Chile, Mole y Dulce, photography installation, 96 x 252”, Museum of Latin American Art. Long Beach, California

Crossing
, photographic series, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, California

Guadalupe, mix media, Marian Library collection, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

Selected Publications:
2019    Ferrera-Balanquet, Raul Moarquech. Aestesis Decolonial Transmoderna Mexicanx_Latinx (1987-2019). Fondo Nacional Para La Cultura y Las Artes
2018    “A Weekend at the Lake: A Review of the Lake Tahoe Co-Lab Retreat,” Exposure Magazine. Society for Photographic Education. By Lamia Khorshid
2017    “An Artists’ Conversation on Immigration at the Museum of Latin American Art,” Hyperallergic. Written by Matt Stromberg
2017    “Artists You Should Know, Fabrik magazine. Written by Kio Griffith
2017    “South Bay Contemporary’s ‘Dear President’ art exhibit just in time for inauguration,” The Beach Reporter. Written by Genie Davis
2016    “Local Artists Explore Identity and Diversity in WHO ARE YOU, MOLAA’s First Exhibit of 2016,” Long Beach Post. Written by Asia Morris
2015     The Hand Magazine, Issue #7. Prairie Village, Kansas
2014     The collection of design works from China and America, Shangai University/CSUN
2012    Northridge Review. California State University, Northridge
2012    “Social Justice”, C.A.P.T.U.R.E.D. Journal. California State University, Northridge
2006     “Myths, Cultures and traditions in Globalization,” Politics and Culture, Autonomous University of Mexico campus Xochimilco, Mexico
2003     “Social Development?” Politics and Culture, Autonomous University of Mexico campus Xochimilco, Mexic

Awards:
Scholarship Marilyn Werby, California State University, Long Beach
HOGAR/Academic Affairs travel fellowship, California State University, Long Beach
Travel Fellowship, California State University, Northridge

Special Projects:
2019   Artist talk for Mexican Dreamers during the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, granted by the University of Dayton, which will allow them to have a job opportunity in Mexico as an English teacher, project in partnership with Fundación SM and Ediciones SM, Mexico City, Mexico
2019   Workshop on Art and Activism at “Curso Para Formadores”, Instituto de Formación Política, Mexico City, Mexico
2018   Image Maker presentation at “Co-Lab Tahoe Retreat”, Society for Photographic Education,
2018   Panel discussion, “SoCalMFA 2018”, Milliard Sheets Art Center
2017   Artist talk, “Art and Immigration”, Museum of Latin American Art, moderated by Dr. Catha Paquette, Art History Professor at CSULB
2016  Panel discussion, “Who Are You?”, Museum of Latin American Art, moderated by Gabriela Martinez, curator
2016 – 2017  Co-Chair, Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts (GLAMFA) at CSULB
2013 – 2017  Mentor, “I’m Going to College,” “Early College Awareness”  and “Honors Day,” Student Outreach and Recruitment Services, California State University, Northridge
2010    President, Photo Club. California State University, Northridge
2010    Video Editor. Institute for Arts and Media, California State University, Northridge