Dalila Paola Mendez is a first generation Central American queer artist born in Los Angeles and raised in an Armenian/Arab/Guatemalan/Salvadoran household. She creates vibrant works that combine contemporary images with sacred references to indigenous iconography, knowledge and folklore. Combining the new with ancient, she explores ancestry as a way to reinterpret and navigate issues confronting our modern world. Through painting, printmaking, photography, and film, her art visually narrates stories of resilience of cultures, elders, LGBTQ, women and the environment.
This year, she was awarded an Artist in Residence Grant through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2015, she was one of five artists selected to create a print in Havana, Cuba as part of the U.S./Cuba Printmakers Exchange. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California.
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