Changarrito Residency: Lisa Saldivar

Dec. 1, 2023

Dec. 1, 2023 @ 12:00 pm Dec. 31, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

Lisa Saldivar outside Mexic-Arte with the changarrito cart
Ritual in my apartment, acrylic + pigments, 2021

About the Artist

Lisa is a visual artist and designer from Houston, Texas. In 2019, she completed her master’s in design studies from Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión. She has over five years experience as a Creative Director and 10 years as a designer and illustrator. As an artist, her work is based on healing the generational trauma and the cultural identity of the Chicanx community, and identifying what is lost for our culture during the process of assimilation into dominant white culture.

In the summer of 2019, she retraced her Grandmother’s footsteps from Mexico to the US border to paint murals in memory of the 283 people who passed away crossing the border in 2018. Her work has been inducted into the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and she has been involved in mural and design festivals around the world, including London Design Festival, Barrio Vivo in Mexico City and Futura Morelia. In 2020, she launched Reverse Assimilation, a podcast + multimedia art project examining the decolonization of Chicanx identity through dialogue and art.

Artist Statement

“Art permits me to connect paths: from setting an intention, to words forming reminiscent of bones and knives, colors emerging. I am a bridge from Texas to Ciudad de México. My long journey from graphic design to illustration to creative direction have helped me shape my work as a visual artist.

I’ve painted murals in memory to the immigrants that have lost their lives along the border, and I have devoted the practice of my work to investigating the Chicanx identity in the United States, both in oppression and through what has been lost in our forced or chosen assimilation. I believe in the transformation toward a new system that listens and preserves the voice of those who, ashamed, keep their dreams and ambitions in silence. That’s why I create: to restore dignity to my roots.”


Artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram and receive 100% of the sale.

Lisa Saldivar featured their artwork on the Changarrito cart outside the Museum’s entrance on December 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th, 2023.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase and behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process.

Changarrito Instagram Live Interview – 12/19 @5pm

Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarrito Instagram Live event with Artist Lisa Saldivar took place on Thursday, December 19th from 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm CST. Isabel Servantez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator Of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, facilitated the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist including a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event.