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📸  Photo Credit: Avila Santo

Eilen Itzel Mena (b. 1994)  is an Afro-Dominican American artist, writer and community organizer from the South Bronx, NY, now based in London, UK. In 2017 she graduated from the Roski School of Art & Design (USC) in Los Angeles, CA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She is currently an MFA candidate in painting at the Slade School of Fine Arts (UCL) in London, UK. Her visual arts practice utilizes painting, drawing and printmaking as tools to search for joy.


Mena has exhibited work in New York, Mexico, New Zealand and London among other places. She has been covered by various publications such as the New York Times, Vogue, Cultured Magazine, and Hyperallergic, amongst others. Her work has also been featured on HBO’s Insecure and Random Acts of Flyness as well as Showtime’s Flatbush Misdemeanors. 

In her fine art media and social practice, she serves as a creative collaborator for Honey and Smoke, a global artist community and platform focused on creating space for artists to meditate on the important themes of our time. H&S explores these themes through spear heading creative inquiry, education, interactive experiences and digital content.

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