About DJ Agana
Agitating social norms and narratives, Vanessa "Agana" Espinoza is passionate about providing avenues to tell stories, heal and create movements of social change through as many different mediums as possible.
As an aerosol artist and digital audiovisual specialist she also holds a strong background in jewelry metal arts and design. Known as DJ AGANA, the loose translation of "con ganas" en español which means ones motivation, drive, desire and ambition to hungrily accomplish any task.
Agana travels the world painting and transforming public space with Few and Far Women and T.D.K. collective crews of artists beautifying neighborhoods in a shared commitment to creativity, education and creating art with a message. DJ Agana stays painting large scale walls on an internationally from Dakar Senegal, Geneva Switzerland, Barcelona Spain, Paris France, Oaxaca Mexico, Caracas Venezuela and across the United States from the west coast, southwest and east coast.
She has been the Visual Arts Coordinator at Ryse Youth Center since 2015. Grounded in social justice, building young leaders to love, learn, educate and transform lives through art, graphic design, silkscreen printing, aerosol arts, community murals and integrating all platforms of multimedia art cross collaborations in music, video and performing arts.
Agana will always ensure that the outcome of her work sets her apart as a visual leader of excellence with experience as a video game designer, animation producer and digital storytelling teaching artist receiving her bachelors degree from Ex'pressions College of Digital Arts in Computer Science, Animation and Special Effects.
She has collaborated with various youth community murals partnering with local non profits such as the Super Hero Mural Project for Art-esteem, Water Writes mural series for The Estria Foundation, East Side Arts Alliance, Youth Together, Youth Uprising, Samoan Community Development Center, Sprayview SF, Imprint City, Precita Eyes, Richmond Art Center as well as created commissioned corporate murals for Focus Feature Films, AC Transit, Google, Boost Mobile, The Children's Hospital and the reality TV show StreetArt Throwdown.
Agana has won awards for outstanding mural contributions from the National Association for Crime and Delinquency and has shown her artwork in various galleries such as Galeria de la Raza, SOMArts, The Oakland Terminal, 1AM Gallery and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as well as museums across the country for the Carving through borders project with CultureStrike.
She participates in various annual festivals such as Art Basel, Reverberate Her Lines, Queens of Style, Bay Area Mural Festival, Malcolm X Jazz Festival and Taste the Arts as well as private socials. Agana is currently open to accepting invitations locally in the bay area and internationally for live art events and commissions.