Layqa Nuna Yawar


Layqa Nuna Yawar is a public artist and multidisciplinary storyteller living and working in Newark, NJ. He makes paintings, installations, workshops, and socially engaged public art projects that center the voices and narratives of people of color in pursuit of social justice and shared liberation. His artwork aims to disrupt established semiotic systems and reimagine them in service of a better and brighter future.

Layqa’s process is informed by his experience growing up in Ecuador and migrating to the U.S.A. as a teenager. His work exists at the intersection between migrant alienation and belonging, between cross-cultural identity and decolonization, and between the private and the public. His work was awarded the 2019 Moving Walls Fellowship by Open Society Foundations as well as multiple teaching residencies including projects with the United Nations World Food Programme. He has exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, the Newark Museum and The Zimmerli Art Museum among others. His murals can be found in cities and communities around the world and he is currently working on a virtual reality experience based on his family’s migration titled “Across La Tierra”.


Selected Works