Claudia Huiza, a native of El Salvador, is an LA-based artist, educator, writer, and activist. For over 25 years, she has launched initiatives for positive social change. This includes a variety of transcultural collaborations including "Trans-Culturation/Trans-Polinación, Arte de San Diego y Tijuana" funded by the American Festival Project Grant for the Arts, sponsored by the Getty Fund. She is the recipient of grants from UC MEXUS, the Stuart Foundation grant to travel and present her work at the NGO Forum of the United Nations 4th World Conference on the Status of Women in Beijing, China, and many others.
Claudia Huiza is the proud recipient of the San Diego Citizen’s Action May Day Humanity Award, the Neighborhood House Association Achievement Award for Community Outreach, and many others.
In 2008 she produced, in alliance with Colectivo Media Insurgente, a documentary video on the plight of women maquiladoras workers in El Salvador, Producing Just Garments, which earned her the first female producer honor award at the ARTIVIST Film Festival in Hollywood, CA.
From 2005-2008 she co-produced the show "Labor Review" on KPFK, delivering 257 episodes focusing on the intersectionality of art and cultural/political work and on issues of art as labor.
Among her curatorial highlights are: “Isolation/Expansion”, i.e. 変位/拡張 at X-it Gallery, Marina Del Rey, CA(2007), group shows at Artist-Run Art Fair in Miami in 2015, co-curated group shows at an artist-run fair during ArtBo 2015 and 2016 in Bogota, Colombia, and group shows produced group shows at Satellite Art Fair and at the Sagamore hotel in Miami in 2017. She also produced the exhibition Tankah: De las Tinieblas Hacia el Sol/From the Underworld to the Sun, at McNish Gallery, at Oxnard College, CA, in 2017. In 2018, she will be presenting a group show at SUPERFINE! Art Fair at the South Beach Art Deco Welcome Center, December 5-9.
Like many working artists, she holds a day job as a writer and researcher, and she prides herself with being able to move mountains with pennies and to create waves of change that begin with small, collaborative gestures.