Eilen Itzel Mena

Eilen Itzel Mena (b. 1994) is an Afro-Dominican American artist, writer and community organizer from the South Bronx, NY, now based in London, UK. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2017, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and is currently an MFA candidate in painting at the Slade School of Fine Arts (UCL) in London, UK.

Mena’s visual arts practice synthesizes Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and African Diaspora spiritual frameworks through an interdisciplinary process.

In her fine art media and social practice, she serves as a creative collaborator for Honey and Smoke, a global artist community and platform focused on creating space for artists to meditate on the important themes of our time. Her multifaceted creative practice helps her connect African Diaspora, spirituality, culture, identity, and purpose. Her painting work explores the relationship between childhood and adulthood in order to bring forth confidence, healing and activation of purpose.