Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein was born and raised in Colombia, South America, and later lived in Germany, and Mexico before immigrating to the United States in 1988. She studied fine arts and music in her native Colombia, and received a M.F.A. from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mejia-Krumbein has taught and exhibited extensively since the mid-1970s. Currently, she is the Chair of the Art Department, and Director of the Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.
Mejia-Krumbein uses figurative expressionism as a vehicle for personal and community reconciliation. Her work is charged with emotion and with an underlying hope for peace.
Her work addresses a range of social concerns using diverse media speaks about multicultural and cross-cultural issues. These concerns include violence against women and children, and the cultural displacement and fragmentation experienced by persons torn from their community or country. Her mixed media installations, paintings, videos, and assemblages incorporate layering processes, representing the multiplicity of her own life as artist, teacher, mother, and wife.
Mejia-Krumbein's website, Social Art for Change is a must-see.