about:

KARLA ROSAS is a self-taught visual artist and DACA recipient originally from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. She is based in New Orleans. Karla considers herself first and foremost a story-teller. Tired of media tropes of helpless and passive immigrant mothers, she uses her art to tell stories about migrant women that she wants to hear — stories about being powerful, defiant, sexual, angry, joyous...and sometimes petty. Karla works with a mixture of digital illustration tools as well as traditional inks, markers, acrylic, and gouache. Her work has been described as a “pop punk, irreverent, celebration of migrant womanhood” by artist and immigrant rights activist Jose Torres-Tama. In addition to her own work, Karla regularly works on collaborative art projects with members of Congress of Day Laborers, an immigrant and workers’ rights organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has also had her work featured in Antigravity Magazine, a New Orleans-based magazine that focuses on social justice issues and underrepresented artists and communities. In both her digital and traditional illustrations, she emphasizes heavy lines and bold colors. Karla call the collective body of her work “MARICOSAS,” because when she started drawing, she modeled her linework after patterns found in butterfly wings. Borders, sexuality, language, and humor are regular themes in her work.