Ashley Dequilla was born in 1987 in Sacramento, California to Filipino immigrants. Ashley's work explores the re-indigenization of cultural and spiritual identity through abstract and narrative paintings, which are also a vehicle for her political views against patriarchy and colonization. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2009 with a BFA in Studio Art and Art History, and also holds a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Arts. Ashley has held numerous positions in art education and has exhibited in the United States and the Philippines. She currently lives and works in Washington DC.

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