My name is Gabriela Jaxon, I am a Peruvian born visual artist, painter, and collage artist. I was born and raised in a working-class, crime-driven neighborhood in Chorrillos, a district of Lima, where I was given countless sketchbooks, to encourage creativity but most importantly to keep me out of harm’s way. When I was 8, my family and I had to separate to immigrate to Florida in pursuit of the “American Dream.” I adapted, learned the language, and exceeded academic expectations within the first year, which helped place me in advanced classes and earned me acceptance to every college I applied to.
My work explores feminism and social freedom through contemporary society’s distorted notions and prejudices of what a woman is expected to be or not to be, while depicting a variety of cultural elements and fluctuating emotional ambiguities. Imbuing a glimpse of my own colorful South American roots, society’s shared consciousness and conflicts of identity through thought-provoking & vibrant paintings of strong & mystical women, I want my audience to feel a sense of strength, courage, and self-acceptance while viewing my work and to be mindful of the silent wars women are fighting.