Alyssa Aviles is a visual artist and arts educator who explores the symbolic relationship between the graphic arts and her Latinx heritage. Her work illustrates the complexity of post-colonial identity and the displacement of marginalized groups as a product of systematic oppression. It imagines a metaphorical journey towards liberation. Her teaching practice prioritizes accessibility and visibility, minimizing the institutional barrier that excludes marginalized people from intellectual spheres. Alyssa is committed to resisting the harm of gentrification and sustaining the fragile Latinx communities of the Bay Area.