I am a painter and photographer. My paintings and photography explore the humanistic aspects of indigenous cultures specifically the Ecuadorian Andino (a native or inhabitant of the Andes) culture. With lush textures of layered paint I create rhythmic pictorial spaces. I work with acrylic paint on canvas to reinterpret the images I capture with my camera. I strive to replicate the mountain air and the rhythmic melodies evoking the rich colorful world of the Ecuadorian Andino people. The ultimate goal of my work is to seek the deeper context of what makes up human identities. I strive to find the human experiences that link cultural tradition to wider audiences. I believe that through the sharing of the richness of our cultures, we will gain greater understanding and acceptance of each other as human beings.
After I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012, I started working on a multimedia project for the Instituto National de Patrimonio Cultural de Riobamba, Ecuador (National Institute of Cultural Patrimony of Riobamba, Ecuador) as a photographer and painter. We documented a historical ritual, that dates back to at least 500 years The research group’s included a Musicologist /Historian, video and audio technicians, Quichua interpreters translators, photographers etc. Our objective was to research and document the indigenous harvest ritual song of the Jahuay in the Chimborazo region of Ecuador, as a way to call attention to the danger of its disappearance and to preserve it. This ritual song is a central part of the indigenous cosmology of the Chimborazo Andino communities and it is now scarcely sung. My participation in the Jahuay research project enabled me to fill in many of the gaps I had always felt I had in my identity. it has also ignited my interest to explore and divulge the knowledge and history of the cultures that Latinos like myself left behind.