About Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez
Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez is a home girl from San Anto, a multi-media Xicanx artist, educator, and activist, who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Observing the Chican@ Movement through the lens of a child has shaped her life, work, and the creation of her cartoon character, Citlali, La Chicana Super Hero, which combats social and political issues pertaining to women and Raza. She comes from a long line of curanderas/healers but her method of healing is through her art. She makes art because she believes there is no better method she possesses to open minds and hearts.
Debora received a B.A from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, and a M.F.A. the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She also received a certificate in traditional culture from Universidad Nahuatl in Ocotepec, Mexico. Debora is an Assistant Professor and the Program Head for the Visual Arts at Our Lady of the Lake University. Her research concentration examines the artistic perception of cultural hybridity in contemporary and global artistic approaches to Indigenous and African spiritual healing. Achieving ecological balance is important to her work, as is creating work from a feminist perspective. The creation of comics contributes to community health through multi-generational relationships, and as always, bringing attention to the lack of Chicana and women’s representation in the arts and education.
Artistically, she is re-imagining and re-imaging the patriarchal cultural myths that position women as unscrupulous characters through a Chicana feminist lens and, the lack of Chicana representation in the arts and education. In 2016,she was published in Aztlan, UCLA Journal on Chicanx Studies and this year in Mundos Alternos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture.
Love for my Raza and social justice informs my art and life.
This reflects the manner in which I move through this world.