Roxanna I. Sanchez-Avila is a learning photographer born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is currently a second semester senior earning her Bachelors of Art in Studio Art and Women’s & Gender Studies at Beloit College. In 2013, she won Juror’s Award for her college’s Student Juror’s Show. Roxanna is currently working on her senior thesis for Studio Art, which will focus on the experiences of single mother immigrants in the U.S. In recent years, her photography interests have changed from still-life and landscape photography to more of documentary photography with the hope to shed light about the injustices the communities she is a part of experience.
While Roxanna is in Los Angeles, she works with the City of Los Angeles Recreations & Parks, where she has worked at for the last 8 years. Also, she recently started volunteering with a non-profit organization, Las Fotos Project, which was put together to mentor and guide adolescent Latinas in “low to middle-income communities who do not have access to photography equipment or art-based programs.” Through her volunteer opportunity with Las Fotos Project, she hopes to learn how to be a better mentor and teacher because Roxanna’s future plan is to become an instructor or professor of photography.
Roxanna Ivonne Sanchez-Avila
Photograph by Joanna Sanchez-Avila