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Vanessa Espinoza – RYSE

Vanessa Espinoza is DJ AGANA: a multi-talented aerosol artist and digital audiovisual specialist with a background in jewelry metal arts. Taken from a loose translation of the Spanish con ganas, Agana’s work exemplifies motivation, drive, desire and the ambition to hungrily accomplish any task. As an aerosol artist, Agana belongs to the earliest known graffiti crew in the history of aerosol art, the Ex-Vandals, established in NYC in the 1970s. As a member of Few and Far Women, Agana beautifies streets with large scale murals rooted in creativity and social justice from a female perspective. Her work can be found in public spaces throughout the Bay Area, California, and the Wynwood Art District of Miami, murals in Paris (France), Dakar (Senegal), Barcelona (Spain), Geneva (Switzerland), Maracay (Venezuela), Oaxaca and Tijuana (Mexico). Employing art as action and advocacy, Agana has worked on various environmental justice murals such as Water Writes, an international series of collaborative murals connecting grassroots community struggles to critical local water issues to raise awareness and inspire a movement towards access to clean water for all. For over a decade, Agana has disseminated her rich knowledge of digital media and creative arts with young Bay Area artists, encouraging them to tell their own unique stories through mural painting, film and animation.