Karla Daniela Rosas
Painter, New Orleans, LA
Karla Daniela Rosas is a self-taught visual artist and activist born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Karla grew up in the Gulf South and currently lives in New Orleans. Karla considers herself first and foremost a story-teller. Tired of media tropes of helpless and passive immigrant mothers, Karla uses her art to tell stories about migrant women that she wants to hear — stories about being powerful, young, 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.
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 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Karla has also had her work featured in various independent publications including: Antigravity Magazine, St. Sucia, and Roots Rising, the official Take ‘Em Down NOLA zine. Currently, she is illustrating a forthcoming poetry collection for Detroit-based writer and poet, Christiana Castillo.
As part of her Define American Undocumented Artists Fellowship, Karla is working with Fernando Lopez on a collaborative multimedia portrait series. The project, Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos, spotlights key members of the New Orleans community who are shaping its history from the bottom-up and represent the corazon or “heart” of the city. The project aims to both document the histories ignored by mainstream narratives of New Orleans, and also honor the beauty and full personhood of the individuals who are a part of these histories.
An artist who inspires her: Brandan “B Mike” Odums