Layqa Nuna Yawar migrated from Ecuador to the USA at an early age. His art and life having 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.

The artist’s practice also extends to curation, project production, mural making workshops and educational lectures. He is currently a fellow at Open Society Foundations and is working on educational programming with Philadelphia Mural Arts, Rutgers University and continues to travel Latin America. 

Some of the projects he is involved in include: Young New Yorkers in New York as a founding member, teaching artist and benefit curator, working with Conect-Arte and the United Nation’s World Food Program in El Salvador as a teaching artist, Gateways to Newark: Portraits in Newark, New Jersey as muralist and curator, and as a mentor for NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in Newark. 

portrait by Kristen Rae Miranda