After graduating from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2006, Alicia Reyes McNamara spent three and a half years exploring other facets of herself on two continents, within different cultures, in both Central America and Europe. This was a period when she chose to direct her passion in becoming deeply immersed within receptive, new communities, by volunteering in local education projects. This time abroad returned her to an upbringing in a family of Chicano activists. In addition to a grandmother, Guadalupe Reyes, who was a living icon in Chicago’s Pilsen community, her mother and father both had experience as community organizers, energizing people to fight for their own rights as well as those of the very visible ‘undocumented’, heated conversations about politics of race and ethnicity were very normal topics in her home.
All of this manifested itself into a visual vocabulary, which currently fuels her work as an artist. She has shown internationally and was most recently involved in JR’s Inside Out Project in El Progreso, Honduras, which will be highlighted in his upcoming documentary “Inside Out, The People’s Art Project.”
For more info on Alicia and to see examples of her work, please visit aliciareyesmcnamara.com.