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Frida Larios Garcia Adjunct Instructor School of Communication

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•MA in Communication Design (Type and Language), Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, England.

•PgDip (Post-graduate Diploma) in Communication Design (Type and Language), Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, England.

•BA (Hons) in Communication Design, University College Falmouth, Cornwall, England.

Languages Spoken
Spanish, English, German. Native languages: basic Nawat-pipil and Maya script.
Favorite Spot on Campus
AU beach volleyball sand courts
Frida Larios is a typo-graphic artist from El Salvador (of Indigenous/mixed ancestry). She holds a Masters of Arts in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London. While in London, the former Central American beach volleyball gold medallist taught at the London College of Fashion and Camberwell College of Arts. She is currently an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in Visual Literacy and Design Foundations at American University (SOC) and University of the District of Columbia (CAS).

Animales Interiores is a living workshop led by guardians and Frida Larios, facilitating sacred Indigenous graphic language through intercultural: books, letter-forms, icons, textiles, stones, walls, trees, immersing and emerging from cosmovision, collective well-being and trans-generational community. To bridge this ancestral to contemporary visual symbology, Larios has spent 15 years on a journey of uncovering layers of own family trauma, and practicing the regeneration of her blood memory through two series of picto-glyphs (pictograms + hieroglyphics), titled: New Maya (Visual) Language and Animales Interiores. These collections are based on the logographic principles of ancestral Maya and Pipil hieroglyphics, sacred ceramic objects and oral history, weaving-in: tribal, academic, experiential and place-based, Indigenous-led knowledge.

Larios was commissioned by the El Salvador Olympic Committee to art direct the TeamESA (El Salvador team) delegation uniforms for the PanAmerican Games in Lima, Perú, 2019: guided by Iniciativa Portadores del Náhuat elders and a trans-disciplinary team, which included linguists, archaeologists and artisans.

Larios’s collaborative art and design installations’ have been temporarily exhibited in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center (currently in their collection), at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian National Museum of American History (Molina Family Latino Gallery), the Peale Center, Baltimore, among others. Larios has also actively collaborated with the Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum. In 2017 the Katzen co-curated her solo exhibition titled: Maya Alphabet of Modern Times; as well as a keynote, and The Community Buried by an Erupting Volcano trilingual book reading and children's workshop. In 2016, Larios was part of a landmark Latinx immigrant artists group exhibition at the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, at the Katzen, titled: The Looking Glass: Immigrant Artists' of Washington (see links above).


Spring 2023

  • COMM-105 Visual Literacy