|Debra Irizarry received a scholarship at the age of twelve to study at the "Instituto de Artes Plasticas" in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Studied drawing with well known Ecuatorian artist Ramiro Pazmino. Studied Art History at the University of California in Los Angeles and Textile/Surface design at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She became a digital textile designer for six years and travelled extensively during that period throughout Europe and Latin america developing a great sensitivity towards the many artistic expressions and styles she encountered.
Tired of a 9 to 5 job and eager to live a fulltime adventure,Debra and her husband decided to move to Tucson,Arizona. Thera she was able to expand as a fine artist going back to her passion for drawing and discovering the greatness of colored pencils and dry pastels to convey her own style. she participated in many art shows throughout the southwest gaining much recognition among fellow artists. Five years later Debra and her expanding family came back to New York. In 1999 she received a best of show award at the Danielson Art Fair in Connecticut.
~January 2001-SWRL Gallery,one woman show
~August 2001-Sono Arts festival in Connecticut
~September 2001- "Pulcheria Arte"- Piacenza, Italy
~December 2001-Biennale Internzionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea at Florence,Italy
~August-Oct 2002- "La Misma Sangre"- generations, family of artists exhibition in the beautiful reconstructed Galeria Carlos Irizarry en Candela, in the Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"My new series of circles reflect dreams and journeys of the spirit. Mixed media on 36 and 30" convexo circle canvas. My use of color and texture reflects the intensity of the message I try to convey"