Beatriz Vasquez - Papel Picado Artist

Beatriz's beautiful and intricate papel picado artwork is part of the Pasion de Frida art exhibit and is available for purchase. For inquiries please email:


"My work represents an awakening and admiration for Culture and tradition with a modern twist, an appreciation of paper, with all its complexities, simplicities and versatility.

Since the beginning of my journey with Papel Picado, I focused on transforming the indigenous craft into an innovative modern Mexican-American art. I focused in the re-introduction of a traditional, beautiful, ancient, dying art.  In order to reach out to a vast audience, I set out to produce work relating to modern day themes and topics that affects humanity.  My work represents my personal struggles and reflections with politics, cultural awareness and simply growing up Mexican American.  All my paper cuts are never quite pre-planned or pre-illustrated, I simply improve the cut where my hand drives me.

My goal as an artist is to continue creating bridges with Papel Picado that connect us all through appreciation of culture awareness and the preservation of indigenous people and their art."   


“Papel Picado is a place I visit often, where I allow my childhood

memories the freedom to cut themselves onto the paper.” Beatriz Vasquez

     The main focus for my work is to bring appreciation and value to indigenous crafts.  My work represents my personal re-awakening and admiration for my Mexican culture and traditions, with a modern twist.

Papel Picado is an ancient South American craft in which tissue paper is cut with chisels and hammers to produce multiple productions of intricate designs.   Through an extensive research and hands on training in Mexico, my obsession with paper became apparent as I explored the many patterns, textures, colors and weights.    Part of my study was to identify the negative and positive spaces in my work, acquiring an understanding of the connection of the process of cutting the paper while keeping the paper intact.  Most of the images I create come solely from my childhood memories and I hardly ever pre-illustrate the designs, improvising every cut where my hand drives me.

Since graduating from Herron School of Art and Design in 2006, I have been privileged to practice the art of Papel Picado and exhibit my work professionally nationwide, reintroducing this ancient Mexican folk art in which, I have added a modern twist in order to relate to a broader audience.  

Past Group Exhibitions:

Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple, Primary Colors Gallery, Murphy Art Building, Wheeler Art Center, Nopal Herederos, Highball Fashion Show in Columbus, OH. Latino Arts in Dayton, OH., Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Historic Society, Indianapolis Public Libraries and Indianapolis Public Schools as well as,

Eiteljorg Museum, Dia de Los Muertos, October 2015

Big Car Collaborative, July 2015,

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, 2014

Gather Shop Gallery, Bloomington, IN. 2014-2015

Indy Eleven poster for Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

Indianapolis Public Schools, poster for Connections Fair, May 2015


Artist Residencies and Artist Talks:

Artist in Residence at the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN 2010

Presenting Artist for Indy Parks 2012

Artist in Residence for Indianapolis Public Schools 2013-2014

Visiting Artist for YAC, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN. 2013

Artist Talk, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.  2013

Artist Talk, University of Central Orlando, FL., 2015

Artist Talk, Marian University, Indianapolis, IN, 2015

Artist Talk, Latinos Against Domestic Violence Conference, Indianapolis, IN 2015

Artist Talk, Goshen University, Goshen, IN, 2016

Ohio State University, Artist Speaker, 2012

Artist Radio and Televised Interviews:

NUVO,  2015

LA Casa Azul the Musical, Artist Interview, WFYI Televised presentation 2016

Artist Radio Interview, WFYI Cultural Manifesto 2015

ENE Magazine, 2015

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Permanent collection, 2014

Indy Star, “Made of Paper”2014

UnZip Fashion Magazine, Issue 4, 2012 and 6, 2014

Pattern Magazine Momentum issue, 2013

Artrageous with Nate, 2014

SkyBlue Window Publication 2014

Telemundo Indy, 2014

No Mean City, Cutting Her Way, Beatriz Vasquez, June 2016


Solo Exhibitions:

University of Central Florida in Orlando Solo Exhibition, June 2015

Marian University Solo Exhibition, August 2015

La Casa Azul the Musical, June 2015 and October 2015

Mavris Arts Solo Exhibition, August 2015

Goshen College Solo Exhibition, January 2016


Grants and Awards:

Creative Renewal Grant from Arts Council of Indianapolis, 2015

Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2015


Ongoing Exhibitions:

Sanchez Contemporary Gallery, Oakland, CA, July 2016

Chimmaya Art Callery, Los Angeles, CA. July 2016

CHAC Gallery, Denver, CO. July 2016


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Celebrando, San Diego, CA. August 2016

Casa Artelexia, San Diego, CA. August 2016

Indianapolis International Airport, September 2016

ALAC Arizona Latino Cultural Center, Phoenix, AZ, June 2017



"La Frida que soy y la que debo ser"
Maria Sanchez