(B.1982) Erika Baez graduated with honors from Baruch College, New York, with a B.A. in Graphic Design and Photography, and later pursued Drawing and Ceramics studies from Montgomery College, Maryland. At Montgomery, she was awarded a prestigious study abroad scholarship to learn the classic approach to drawing at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. It was in Florence that Erika developed a great interest in Trompe L'oeil and portraiture, and was later selected as an apprentice at The Ani Art Academy Waichulis where she currently studies. Her goal is to eventually be able to convey emotions and tell stories by infusing her unique imaginative concepts with her strongly developed contemporary style.