Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and community activist, and she's always known that she was going to be an artist and an entrepreneur, and nothing was going to stop her.
In 2001, Favianna co-founded the EastSide Arts Alliance and Visual Element in Oakland, CA, to train young artists in the tradition of muralism. In 2003, she established the Taller Tupac Amaru print studio with collaborator Jesus Barraza to promote the practice of screen printing among California-based artists.
Favianna co-founded TUMIS with a couple of friends from her organizing days at Cal. As President of TUMIS, Favianna travels extensively to consult with organizations interested in using visual communications and new technologies to promote community building and social change.
Favianna is always seeking ways to make art more accessible and participatory. She lectures widely on the use of art in civic engagement and on the work of artists who, like herself, are bridging the community and museum, the local and international. Favianna has worked closely with artists in Mexico, Europe and Japan, and her works appear in collections at Bellas Artes (Mexico City), The Glasgow Print Studio (Glasgow, Scotland), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles).