Talking About Art and Activism with Illustrator + Art Curator, Maritza Lugo

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Martiza is currently a freelance illustrator and art curator. She recently launched her first art show, Women of Color Only. Often referred to as the Pop Culture Queen she can be found transforming Disney Princesses to be "Just Like Us" through illustration. Featured: Buzzfeed, Latina, Refinery29, teenVogue, Glamour, PopSugar, Forbes, and many more. 

Brown Girls Rising is a partnership with Nylon Espanol to elevate the conversation of feminist action, leadership, community involvement, and culture.

"The passion for your career should be louder than the doubt" - Martiza Lugo

In this episode, we sit down with Illustrator and Art Curator, Maritza Lugo, to discuss her call to feminist action. In this interview, Maritza candidly opens up about hosting her first art show, which featured Women of Color Only and was the first of it’s kind in Los Angeles.

“In all of the art shows I had been as an illustrator, I’ve never fully seen women of color. It’s always primarily white male and sometimes, female. So I thought how is this the first one in Los Angeles?”

Maritza also talks about how she was a right-of-the-womb feminist, but how her feminism has changed and evolved throughout the years.

“You could say my feminism has changed, now I only want to speak about feminism when it  includes women of color. I've always been a "brown girl" not just my makeup genetically but in my personality"

Yvette and Audrey talk about dodging the online haters, their mothers’ view of feminism versus their own, and why they think feminism sits on a spectrum.

"Women have been fighting for rights since the ‘20s but, if you don’t include marginalized voices then we’re all losing." - Martiza Lugo

This and previous episodes of Brown Girls Rising, can be found at or on iTunes & Soundcloud.

This episode was recorded in sunny Downtown Los Angeles at Maker City LA.