Cuenca, Ecuador

Although migration allows people to create new lives and find new work, migrants also experience stresses that impact their emotional wellbeing, interrupting

cultural norms, religious customs, and social support systems. Migrants must, in adjusting to new cultures, redefine identity and accept selves that inevitably evolve.


Identity clearly impacts how we view ourselves as unique from others.  But race, culture, and ethnicity also affect identity, especially in the wake of migration and acculturation, since it is through both memory and new experience that the self evolves.


In this exhibit I use my memories, immigrant experiences, and religious views to explore exactly this process, a journey I image in both paintings and linocuts. I use a palette of bold, primary colors that are complemented by solid, cold ones. These create geometric forms that explore how memory and migration have affected who I am still becoming. At the same time, the universality of my images will also speak to viewers from other cultural contexts. In this way larger audiences can appreciate how my art might echo their own memories and articulate parts of their own evolving identities.


"We are our memories, we are that chimeric museum of inconstant forms, a collection of broken mirrors."

- Jorge Luis Borges

Mother Earth

2018 - 2019

Mother Earth collection composed by 12 art pieces elaborated with fluid acrylic, mica, recycled materials and epoxy resin.

All materials used as a representations of what can be found on an Island. Different elements in nature are portrayed in an abstract and graphic form in a vivid way to create consciousness of the beauty found in today's planet and how our actions can affect future generations. 

Jaszdosza, Hungary, Art Residency


Aggressor Series


This series was created as an art study for a commission proposal for the Roatan Aggressor live aboard boat.

The 6 pieces represents the vivid colors and complex natural forms seen underwater. 



My starting point is the sea, whenever I arrive on an island full of colors, textures, with unpredictable tides, shades of blue and vegetation, it is like waking up to a fleeting reality that is activated when we see the sea. Feelings of joy, peace, nostalgia, mystery and environmental awareness are the inspiration of my work. They reflect that moment of awakening, which eventually fades away from leaving that place and that is why there is a need to return and awaken those feelings again, as a continuous cycle to create. 

Situation or intermediate state between an old or past and a new one, which is reached after a change. It is the state in which I transition from a work based on aesthetics and technique of painting to a work with a very personal background. Where I intentionally connect my curiosity for nature, childhood experiences, the abstract and the geometric. Using various techniques that I have experienced recently, from the use of resins, marble, textures, sheets of gold, silver and copper.


The show that I present is not a specific series, it is a set of works that together tell a story of my personal journey as an artist through the years. A journey that ends from the experience when I changed my study from the city to an island where I reached a connection with a simpler island lifestyle and attached to nature. I experienced marine life, new forms, colors and overcome fears, which allowed me to transform my work.

Achieving a breakdown and fragmentation of different themes such as marine life, mosaics, flowers, landscapes and abstracts that describe me more deeply in my search for transitions of my personal and artistic curiosities.



Past Works


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Jen. Irias - Honduras - Ecuador


               Presidente Cordova 1-77, Cuenca, Ecuador


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