Rizzhel Javier (San Diego, 1983) is a San Diego-based artist and educator. Her work explores topics in identity, memory, and human relationships. Trained in darkroom photography, in the last ten years Rizzhel has combined her images with sculpture, installation, and digital media. Her pieces are playful and often require the viewer to engage physically with the work. She works autobiographically, using art and photography to explore personal, community, and global transformation. Through sharing her stories, Rizzhel hopes to encourage viewers to recall their own memories, personal experiences, and reflections. Her recent work is influenced by migration, travel, home, and explores topics in panethnicity and transnational families.
Rizzhel brings participatory learning experiences into the community through her project BRIDGE, to advocate for self-expression, equity, and social change. Her commitment to education is teaching photography and digital media to San Diego county youth and adults. She graduated college with a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from San Diego State University in 2012. Her goal is to provide fun learning experiences, support mentorship to students, and provide rejuvenating professional development experiences to art educators. In 2017, she received the Emerging Artist Award from the San Diego Visual Arts Network. Rizzhel is currently the Artist in Residence at the San Diego New Children’s Museum.