Alanna Rivera is a half El Salvadoran and half white artist born and currently living in Arlington, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia in 2013 and her Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Alanna works full-time as a fine artist and designer in the Washington, D.C. area and teaches private art lessons to all age groups. While Alanna is primarily a painter, she has always had a diverse range of interests including graphic design, jewelry design, cartooning, illustration, and 1:12 miniature design.
As an artist, activist, and teacher, I constantly think about my place in the world and question whether I am doing enough to make others’ lives better. My artwork explores my various identities (Latinx, El Salvadoran, artist, woman, survivor, teacher) to help me gain a stronger sense of who I am and how I can connect to others.
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