Layqa Nuna Yawar

Layqa Nuna Yawar is a migrant latinx artist, muralist, agitator, educator, and organizer born in Ecuador and based out of Newark, NJ. His large-scale murals, paintings, and projects question injustice, racism, and xenophobia, while celebrating cross-cultural identity and migration in order to amplify the silenced narratives of people of color around the Americas and the world.

Having migrated from Ecuador to the United States at an early age, his art has been greatly impacted by the immigrant experience and by his own multicultural identity. His artwork developed out of a traditional visual arts education, a practice of street art interventions, and independent self-organization principles. His public art aims to reflect and amplify silenced voices by using the power of monumental art and representational painting in public space in order to create safe spaces for imagination and identity projection. By creating murals with the involvement of host communities, these landmarks can help us imagine and create a better and brighter future.

Last updated: Nov 14, 2019