I was born in East Los Angeles and grew up in the Latinx neighborhood of Florence. In 1981 I moved to Germany and lived there for fourteen years, returning to California in 1996. My mother was an art teacher, and I took photography and art classes at Los Angeles City College and UCLA. However, the bulk of my art studies took place visiting museums and galleries on five different continents. I have been a member of photography clubs in Los Angeles and Chicago. In 2013, I had a show in Santa Cruz entitled Art + Design in Berlin. My work has been shown in the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and in Open Show Santa Cruz.