New Profiles

Andrea Arroyo

A woman smiling for the camera 

Andrea Arroyo, is a self-taught visual artist born in Mexico, and residing in New York City since the 1980’s. Her works are in painting, illustration, site-specific installation, artists’ and children’s books, and public art. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. She is also a curator focusing on women/gender issues, discrimination, immigration, and the state of…

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Flora Purim

Flora Purim from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Born March 6, 1942, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Flora Purim began her career singing bossa nova before moving to New York City in 1967. Her unique singing style earned her the title of Queen of Brazilian jazz. Together with her husband, renowned percussionist Airto Moreira, they created their first major footprint as members of…

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Christina Ayala

La Chef Christina Ayala from new jersey

La Chef Christina Ayala is from New Jersey and grew up with her brother an aeronautical engineer, speaking English and eating their father’s heritage foods of Puerto Rico.  Ayala credits her mixed Filipino mother as an amazing cook from whom she learned and who inspired her to go into the business of cooking. She earned…

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Patricia Matuk

An old woman smiling for the camera

*(Peru). I was born on St. Nicholas day with its resonances of childhood and gift. But my country was Lima and not Peru with its Arequipa from where my parents, also children of immigrants, came from. With that legacy of being doubly foreign, La Horrible never precipitated me to flee the country. And despite having…

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María Eugenia Speroni

A woman in a black and blue leotard 

María Eugenia Speroni, is a musical comedy performer during summer and winter seasons in Argentina but also teaches at her alma mater The Julio Bocca Foundation. Born March 8, 1989, in the city of Mar de Plata, Argentina, 250 miles south of Buenos Aires where the center of night life is the summer and winter…

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