Amanda Quiroz draws from her personal entomological collection to explore themes of mortality and humility within Catholicism. Her intricate drawings of insects and the very dust from the air seek to illuminate the invisible.

Originally from Colorado, she worked in Berkeley, California for ten years and is currently based in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts in drawing and painting in 2010 and was an artist in residence at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2011. She was also a 2014 resident artist at Alter Space in the Jail Cell Residency in San Francisco.

Her work has been exhibited internationally in Dresden, Germany and is included in the Mount Angel Abbey Museum’s permanent collection in Saint Benedict, Oregon. She has participated in group shows around the Bay Area including the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, and Berkeley Art Center. She has also contributed to various fundraising events such as Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally and several annual auctions at Root Division in San Francisco.