Even as child, Lucia Hierro knew she wanted to be an artist — a dream that was inspired by her grandmother, who was always making things. Through hard work and dedication, that vision became a reality and Lucia is now a visual artist who creates sculptures, paintings and teaches other students how to hone in on their craft.
When Lucia walks into her studio, she feels like she’s honoring her grandmother who relocated to America from the Dominican Republic. All the pieces she creates are a tribute to her parents and grandmother’s efforts. Her artwork highlights how her ancestors and parents’ dreams created new opportunities for future generations.
Lucia says it’s been challenging being one of few Dominican American visual artists, and she hopes people understand and relate to her family history and culture. She fears that, although the work she’s creating means everything to her, it may not fully capture her family’s legacy or keep it alive. Of course, as a truly fearless dreamer, she doesn’t allow that to keep her from creating new art or working towards new dreams. Check out Lucia’s artwork here.