Born in Guatemala in 1977, Julia Stanly Flores earned his BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design and his MFA from New York Academy of Art. He studied drawing, painting, design, illustration and sculpture with an emphasis on representational figurative painting. In addition to teaching at RISD, Flores is a tenured professor at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, teaching all levels and courses in foundation studies. His own work references nature and the sublime, depicting full and partial figures that appear vulnerable yet empowered, self-referential and universal in ambiguous situations for the viewer to decipher. These crafted contradictions purposely distort meaning in multiple ways, alluding to mortality and hopefully causing the viewer to interpret them from an unexpected perspective and to question the origins of their own belief system.