Brenda “Corazón” Marquez was born in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America in 1975. Corazón works predominantly in the medium of painting, using a collage technique with handmade Japanese paper and acrylic on multi-media surfaces. She uses a re-occurring heart motif in her work which is why she is called “Corazón”. Corazón completed a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Studio (painting and photography concentration) and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997. As an undergraduate she studied abroad in Jalisco, Guanajuato, Queretaro and Distrito Federal, Mexico. Her work is heavily influenced by her abroad studies, apprenticeship with Santa Barbara collage artist Andrea Beloff, her extensive art history studies and Mexican modern artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Alfaro Siqueiros, Clemente Orozco and the Mexican print maker/ cartoonist of the late 1800s Jose Guadalupe Posada, originator of the “Calavera Catrina”. She currently resides in Lakewood, California.