Layqa Nuna Yawar creates art deeply informed by his own immigrant and multicultural identity, confronting racism, injustice, and xenophobia through imagery that uplifts those targeted by these prejudices. Prioritizing public art in his practice, Yawar uses the mural as a platform to explore and celebrate the intricacies of these subaltern identities, emphasizing unity, diversity, history, and cross-cultural exchange in works that center the communities in which they are placed.
Yawar has had exhibitions at the Newark Museum of Art, The Newark Public Library, the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, and more, including in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, San Juan, and Tehran. He has also painted murals throughout Newark and New York as well as in Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay, and Canada. He was recently awarded a Monument Lab Research Residency, a Creative Catalyst Fund Fellowship by the City of Newark, and a Moving Walls Fellowship by Open Society Foundations.