Mayra Barraza (El Salvador, 1966) lives and paints in El Salvador, where she has built a steadfast career after initial studies for the Bachelor in Arts at The Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. in 1989-1990. Winner of the Drawing Award from the Museum of Latin American Art of Long Beach, California (2008); the First Prize at the Santo Domingo Drawing Salon in Dominican Republic (2007); and the 2009 Ibero-American Print Biennial of Cáceres, Spain, among other recognitions; Barraza has made important contributions to artistic discourse and has become one of the leading artists in the region investigating issues of contemporary life such as gender identity, memory, and nature vs culture dichotomies. In 2016 she was Guest Visitor of the Federal Republic of Germany to Berlin Art Week, and recipient of a Travel Grant in 2015 by the Patricia Phelps Cisneros Foundation to attend the CIRMA Forum in Tokyo. In Spain, she was selected for the XXXI Pontevedra Biennial: “Utropicos” curated by Santiago Olmo in 2010, and for “Meso-America: Oscilations and Artifices” at the Atlantic Center for Modern Art in Las Palmas Gran Canarias in 2002, as well as awarded an Artists Residence at the Fundación Valparaíso in Almería. Between 2006 and 2010 she developed a body of work under the title “Republic of Death”, that was exhibited at the Spanish Cultural Centers in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Barraza has actively created and engaged with community projects such as the art and literature E-Magazine El ojo de Adrián of which she was Founding Member and Editor between 2009 and 2012; and Y.ES Contemporary Art for El Salvador, of which she is Council Member since 2015. Over the last 25 years, she has exhibited her work at the Museo del Barrio in New York, the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in Puerto Rico, the Museum of Modern Art in Guatemala and the II Biennial of Lima, Peru. In 2013 her work was shown as part of ”Mixtape”, curated by Selene Preciado at MoLAA, and of “Nine Women in the Arts” at the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center in South Korea.