Multidisciplinary: visual Arts and participatory projects
Painting and sculpting (oil paint, clay, plaster and wood)
I am a multidisciplinary artist and educator from the Andes in Peru based in New York City. My Andean Cosmovision anthropomorphizes my surroundings, leading me to approach topics related to sustainability, climate change and colonialism. Playing with unconventional uses of language I explore the connections of cultural elements between communities. My proposal seeks a syncretic, multicultural and safe future for everyone. I create multilingual, multicultural and intergenerational spaces to encourage everyone to make art together.
Niceli Portugal is a multidisciplinary Peruvian artist, educator and community organizer based in Brooklyn. She is the Education Coordinator at Materials for the Arts. She creates intergenerational and multilingual spaces for families to make art. She has worked with Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling and Queens Museum; where she was Lead Artist and Coordinator for Family Programs. Niceli is the Director of Escuelita en Casa, an initiative in response to the pandemic that provided free tutoring and art classes to families in the United States and Latin America. She is also the Co-founder of Sew Sisters creating income for undocumented women and providing masks for women in shelters and essential workers.
Brooklyn, New York
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