About me

I was born and raised in The Dominican Republic where I lived until I was in my early 20s. From a very young age I was drawn to Art, and loved drawing and painting from my imagination. I began my formal training in drawing at the age of ten, and after finishing high school went to study at Altos de Chavon, an Art School in the Dominican Republic affiliated to Parsons School of Design in New York. In 1992, I moved to the United States, and lived in Florida for 3 years before moving to New York City  in 1995 to continue my Art studies at Parsons School of Design where I graduated with a BFA in Illustration, and completed one year of study towards an MFA in Design and Technology. I briefly worked as an editorial Illustrator in the Dominican Republic, and more extensively as a Graphic Designer in New York until I went back to painting, began to work with clay, and became a Teaching Artist in 2006. Since then, I have taught Art privately and have worked for Clay Art Center teaching clay sculpture in schools settings throughout Westchester County. I have also done two Art teaching residencies through ArtsWestchester.

My interest in art teaching evolved out of volunteering in my son’s art classes during his school elementary years. I discovered that I loved sharing art with children, and greatly enjoyed watching their deep involvement in the process of art making.

I’m currently attending Lehman College working toward an MFA in Printmaking and Art Education Certification. 


For all inquiries, please contact me at suvalera08@gmail.com