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Izel Vargas is a South Florida based mixed media artist and educator who hails from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas (Alamo,TX). Raised in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Vargas cites his upbringing as playing a vital role in his approach to making art. He earned his BFA from the University of Texas Pan American and his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. As an educator, Vargas has taught art to all age groups and is an currently an instructor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.