I come from a culturally strong and proud background. Born and raised in
Washington, DC, from a very young age, I was taught to appreciate and
embrace cultural and human differences and seek out the often hidden
commonalities. These ideals shaped my view of self and my understanding of
society, guided my academic studies, and continue to influence my
aspirations for the future.
Drawn to the arts and social sciences, I pursued a Bachelors of Arts in both
Visual Arts and Community Health from Brown University. In the spring of
2000, I received a Masters of Science from the Harvard School of Public
Health. In addition to pursuing a professional career in public health, I
have remained quite active in the visual arts with the production of my own
art, as well as having many opportunities to teach children in diverse and
challenging settings.
In my art, many of the issues that are core to my public health work, such
as social justice and human rights, are prominent subjects. A self-taught
relief printmaker, my work has centered on the accessibility and teaching
capabilities of art with an interest in Artes Populares - art of the people.
My current projects, which draw heavily on social history, include a
collaborative print/poetry project that explores the social and cultural
experiences of the people of Cape Verde and Cape Verdean immigrants in the
United States; a collection of photograph-inspired print portraits of former
slaves entitled "Corn Ditties"; and a series of prints honoring the towns
and churches of my maternal homeland in Puerto Rico.
Through my prints I examine how social conditions and constructs-such as
gender, race, ethnicity, and inequality-determine the physical, mental and
social well being of individuals, and communities. A theme throughout many
of the pieces has been self-exploration, discovery, and dignity. With my
prints, I hope to facilitate a reflective response and engage viewers in
dialogue to, in part, create change.

-Alex


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