Rhea Vega

Tribe: Tlingit
Based In: Seattle, WA / San Diego, CA
Email: rheavega@gmail.com
Social Media: @rhea.vega
Website: rhea-vahx.format.com

About the Artist
Rhea Vega is an Alaska Native, an enrolled member of the Tlingit Tribe, Kaagwaantaan Clan. She is Mexican and Filipino. Her multi-heritage and her ties to the Indigenous community in Seattle, WA has strongly influenced her perception of self and thus, her approach to art. Art allows her to maintain her connection to her ancestors; it is a means of healing. She says, "I consider my art work to be self therapy. Therapy is aimed to better the self, which is a healing endeavor. I also view myself as a minimal vocalist/communicator, therefore working out emotions and communicating through art is my healing process. My confession to the world lifts the weight of being vulnerable and enclosed; I am empowered.” Rhea has worked with a variety of media and currently favors acrylic and charcoal. In addition to practicing empowerment through the canvas, Rhea also practices healing through achieving spiritual health for herself and others as a licensed massage therapist. She is a breast cancer survivor and is currently soaking up vitamin D in sunny San Diego, CA.