Biography

josemar Gonzalez Lizarraga ARtist, project manager, concept designer, art director
Josemar Gonzalez Lizarraga is an artist and community organizer with extensive experience in both the Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California Transborder communities. He currently works with various independent artistic organizations on both sides of the border to help educate and enrich using the arts as a means of communication. The majority of his work deals with documentation, storytelling, and deconstruction of human experiences. Trained in the media arts, he uses them as tools to engage audiences and help bring experiences and stories to a wider audience. 

He is a member of COYOTE, an artist collaborative in Tijuana, and collaborator of the TJinCHINA project. In 2014, he founded a bi-national music and arts festival in Tijuana that brings together artist communities from both sides of the Mexico-US border, working as Director of PASE music. He is currently the in-house Media Artist with The AjA Project and has shown work in Mexico, the United States, Japan, and Germany. 

His most recent public art projects are flight+Paths, a large-scale mural and installation unveiled in 2016 in the San Diego International Airport, using portraits and personal objects to elevate immigrant voices of the City Heights community around themes of identity and crossing of boundaries, both physical and cultural. He designed (UN)sheltered Conversations a Large Scale Photography Mural project raising awareness around homelessness in Hillcrest San Diego California installed March 2017, he is currently directing BORDERCLICK in collaboration with Rebecca Goldschmidt, a project that workshops with Transborder communities creating a digital living archive of Transborder lifestyles funded by the California Arts Council under the Artist Activating Communities Grant and the California Humanities Grant.
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