Awilda Sterling (Puerto Rico, 1947). Her career encompasses painting, drawing, mixed media, and installation. She studied at Pratt Institute in the late 70’s, during the emergence of performance art. Her work arises from pain and exclusion as a Black Caribbean woman living in a colony of the US. Sterling keeps integrating other paths, with emphasis on the pictorial. She is a 2010 USA Artist Fellow and a recipient of numerous artist grants, awards, and residencies; such as Tree of Life Artist Grant (2019), El Serrucho (2017 and 2020), USA Artist Relief Grant (2020), and MAAS MoCA Artist Residency (2021).