Born and raised in the Bronx to Dominican parents, Vanezza Cruz’s upbringing was always rich in color, pattern, and imagination. A mixed media artist, graphic designer, and with an early education in fine arts and music (cello), she graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in graphic design. After working as a graphic designer in the fashion industry, she pursued her MFA in printmaking and painting at Lehman College.
Vanezza continues to explore her passions of drawing, binding books, creating collages, dreaming up installations, and other creative odds and ends. Working as a teaching artist, muralist, and mixed media artist, she has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibits throughout New York City. Her work explores ideas of body image and beauty, cultural identity, colorism, representations of women of color via her experiences in being a dark skinned AfroLatina. Vanezza’s preferred methods of work range from printmaking, painting, illustration, murals, collages and graphic design.