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Estrecho del Magdalena

Alicia Rojas (1976) is a Colombian-born artist, living in Orange County, CA. She participates in movements of immigrant rights, anti-gentrification, social economic equity, and ecology. Alicia's artistic practice is characterized by its collaborative and narrative-driven approach. Integrating elements of nature, land, place, and people as both mediums and layers in her installations and public art pieces. She creates immersive experiences that invite viewers to engage with the interconnectedness of the environment and human stories. 


Her ability to weave together diverse elements results in artworks that resonate deeply with audiences, fostering a sense of connection and reflection on the relationships between people, place, and their surroundings.  Her work contributes to the historical memory of the collective and facilitates placemaking within communities of color.


The artist is a California Arts Council, Established Artists Fellow grantee, and an 18th Street Arts Center -- Creative Corps Fellow. She has held residencies at Grand Central Art Center, funded through a grant by The Andy Warhol Foundation, and a Community Engagement Residency in Akumal-Mexico. 


Alicia is the Director and Co-founder of the Santa Ana Community Artis(a) Coalition, an organization founded with the mission to connect artists to their communities in a collaborative process to create public art  focused on anti-gentrification efforts.  She's also a founding member of the City of Santa Ana arts steering committee and a participant in the Occupy movement.


“I am shaped by my experiences and relationships with others but I am an artist because of my own immigrant experience. My story is not unique, quite the contrary it’s very common in many immigrant children. What we do with that is what is extraordinary. We are extraordinary Americans.”

alicia rojas, artist, poderosas, santa ana, colombia, colombian,
Photo Credit: Cecilia Ortíz Fernández
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