Monica Villarreal


Monica Villarreal 

is an interdisciplinary artist native to Houston. Her art explores ethnic identity, gender roles, migrant and environmental issues. She is a recipient of multiple awards in photography and filmmaking, and has participated in installation and performing art productions organized by Voices Breaking Boundaries, Project Row Houses, Houston Arts Alliance, Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts, Santa Fe Arts Institute, and Alabama Song.

Monica studied typography under Mainz Gutenberg Award winner Mahendra Patel and is currently learning printmaking from Master Printer Armando Rodriguez. She has a B.A. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and an M.A. in Digital Media Studies from the University of Houston-CL. Monica wears various hats, as the founder of Creative Women Unite, a local feminist arts collaborative and as a traditional Aztec dancer with Danza Azteca Taxcayolot, a local group that practices Mexican indigenous traditions through spirituality, and community engaging performances. She has over a decade of experience organizing with local grassroots and nonprofit organizations. Staying active allows her to continue her research and create art focused on issues she's passionate about.

Additional Information

Artist Statement My experience as a daughter of Mexican migrant workers has predicated me to address ethnic identity, gender roles, migration, and environmental issues in my work. My intention when creating art is to initiate and facilitate conversation about these concerns. As a multifaceted artist, I do not limit myself by using one form. I am a performance artist, a photographer, graphic designer, and printmaker and use the best form of art I see fit depending on the message I want to convey and the type of interaction I want to have with the audience. My activism within various local organizations serves as research for my art. As a self-identified Xicana artist, I am particularly interested in learning more about my family's history and ancestry. It is part of my art-making process.

A Black and Brown friendship, mediated by language, provides a lens to examine the increasingly overlapping presence of African-American and Latino's/ Chicano's throughout the city.

This documentary questions the way women are viewed in India and digs deeper into how this is a mirror to the rest of the world.


Northside, Houston, Texas