Nansi Guevara is a border artist and activist from Laredo, Texas. Her work is at the core of using her border and rasquache sensibilities to create decolonial public artwork alongside communities. In 2006, she moved to Austin, Texas to pursue a Bachelor’s in Design from the University of Texas, where she focused on creating educational studio based experiences and educational resources for youth of color. Post graduation, she spent one year in Mexico City on a Fulbright, where she co-authored and co-illustrated a children’s book for pediatric cancer patients that is now being used in the Hospital General de México Federico Gómez and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In 2013, she moved across the country to study Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the last two years, she has created three public art pieces with community members in the Boston greater area, that center the experiences of people of color in a way that is celebratory and creates a call to action. She is now reconnecting with the Texas/Mexico border and is creating work in the region.
Art is an essential part of the human experience, it nourishes our minds and bodies, it is pivotal in creating healthier communities. I believe in art that pushes boundaries and questions the inequalities embedded in the status quo. My passion is the creation of evocative art bound up in personal and collective experiences that create a sense of place and tension within complicated cultural ecologies. Individually and collaboratively, I make murals, screen prints, posters, books, and drawings that strive to connect people, especially young people to their history and culture, and inspire solidarity and self-affirmation. I am passionate about creating art that acknowledges the history, strength, and resilience of Latinos and other people of color in the United States.