La Artista


“My work exemplifies the importance of representation, specifically for women of color. I am exploring different ways in which I can depict vulnerability, self-love, and empowerment.”

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Emilia Cruz is a first generation Mexican American artist born in San Diego, Ca, 1993. She moved to Simi Valley at the age of three but spent most of her childhood weekends traveling back and forth to Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

The upbringing she had within these divergent environments ignited an interest for these dual cultural identities which is often referenced in her work. Cruz makes it a point to celebrate women of color, especially those who she has close relationships with. She works primarily with acrylic or oil paints to make her vibrant figurative pieces come to life.

Cruz is currently enrolled in the Illustration program at Art Center College of Design. This year she began to teach art classes for kids at Plaza de la Raza’s Performing and Visual Arts school located in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. She was recently commissioned by CNN en Español for Proyecto Ser Humano (Humanity Project) and for an upcoming Netflix series called Gente-fied.

Exhibitions

Upcoming

  • City Hall Gallery, Pacoima, CA, Fuerza De La Mujer, November 2019 curated by 11:11 A Creative Collective

  • ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Arte Pare La Gente, October 2019

  • La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA, Perfect 10 Group Show, October 2019

  • ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, September Group Show, September 2019

  • Tonalli Studio, Los Angeles, CA, Entering the Goddess Portal, August 2019

  • La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA, Friducha, Frida Inspired Art Show, July 2019

  • ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Primavera, May 2019

  • Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery, Seattle, Washington, Chingonas Art Exhibition, May 2019

  • MCAU Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, We Are Many, March 2019

  • La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA, Chicana: Liberated and Empowered, March 2019

  • Self Help Graphics & Arts, Los Angeles, CA, Mujeres de Maiz Annual Art Exhibit, March 2019

  • Tonalli Studio, Los Angeles, CA, Light Flying Backwards, March 2019

  • ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 13th Annual Open House, December 2018

  • ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Las Hijas de La Luna y del Sol, Solo Show, November 2018

  • ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Frida y Los Muertos, October 2018

  • Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles, CA, Stories of the Neighborhood, October 2018

  • ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Autumn Group Show, September 2018

  • Kaleidoscope Kollective, Los Angeles, CA, That Brown Skin Magia, September 2018

  • Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA, Mis Cuentos, Solo Exhibit, July 2018

  • ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 13th Year Anniversary, July 2018

  • La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA, Frida Kahlo Art Show, July 2018

  • SPARC, Venice, CA, When She Rises, July 2018

  • ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 'I Am Not a Label', April 2018

  • La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA, Chicana: Magia de Mujer, March 2018

  • Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA, Viva la Muxer, March 2018