2023 Winner

Cristina Salas



Cristina Salas' Muñeca Gardens are an ongoing series of large scale pollinator gardens made from crocheted recycled fabric and natural fibers often in the shape of mythological female figures.


I was born in 1985 in Quito, Ecuador. I studied fine art at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze, Italy from 2004-2007. Then I moved to Paris for one year and I attended the drawing course at Ateliers Beaux Arts, Glacière, France. I did a master in Art Production from Universidad Politècnica de Valencia from 2008 to 2010. After that, I moved back to Quito and started to work on mosaic murals, textile dolls and art exhibitions. Between 2011 and 2012 I participated in 3 residencies: Liceo de Chesnoy, France, Fist Art Foundation in Puerto Rico and Latin American Art with FONCA in Mexico. I came back to Quito, Ecuador in 2013 to work on an art workshop for Liceo Internacional School and then I started working as a teacher of ceramic and drawing at Universidad San Francisco de Quito until 2015. In 2018 I graduated with a Master in Architecture from Louisiana State University, United States. I moved to New York to work for Dameron Architecture, where I collaborated in a few mosaic installations, including Carroll Hall, an event space in Bushwick. Thanks to the support of Chashama I had my first solo show in Manhattan in 2022. This opportunity connected me with curator Connie Lee of Art Lives Here, a non profit organization where I'm currently a member and I'm the artist selected for this year's Project Development cohort. We are in the process of creating "Doll's Garden" a public living installation meant to be installed next year somewhere in Brooklyn. I currently work as a full time artist with a studio practice at home.