“Life brings us many challenges.  It is up to us to capitalize on our experiences and use them resourcefully and productively.  Art is an expression, and it is a way for us to record, capture, and preserve our experiences.  There is no right or wrong way of conveying our messages through art.  The best way to learn about ourselves may be through the trials and errors of life.  Facing challenges should not be a daunting thing because this is when we learn about ourselves.”  – Nguyen-Espinoza

ELIZABETH NGUYEN-ESPINOZA

Born in Vietnam in 1967, Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza (“Liz”) has been a role model throughout her career as a federal law enforcement investigator, artist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.  She has contributed considerably to many causes both professionally and personally.  In late 2016, she retired from her long career in the U.S. Government.  Shortly thereafter, her mother Rosa Thay Nguyen passed away unexpectedly.  To honor her mother, Liz founded the Rosa Thay Nguyen Children’s Foundation (RTNCF), and ISEE Arte.  She did this to carry on her mother’s life work with children in need.  The mission of RTNCF is to provide medical care and intervention to underserved children globally.  She combines the mission of RTNCF and her passion in the arts to raise awareness of global social issues.  She believes that the arts will give her the forum to record and touch people emotionally, compassionately, and intellectually. 

Liz draws from her own unique experience as a refugee and hardship as a child.   She understands the importance of giving back to society and making the world a better place to live.  Liz has continuously helped others throughout her life.  She volunteered to help abused children and women, worked with elderly populations, advocated for women’s equality, and mentored troubled and underprivileged children with personal and academic challenges.

Liz received a number of art awards for her paintings and sculptors and has exhibited at cultural centers and galleries.  Liz received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University, Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, and Post-Baccalaureate degree in drawing and painting from Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD).

SABRINA R. ESPINOZA

Sabrina R. Espinoza is a young artist in training.  She is interested in medicine and the arts.  She is currently in training with her mother.  She hopes to practice medicine and also be a well-trained artist in the near future.  She is proficient in music, painting, and drawing.  As a prolific reader and love literature, she volunteers and is currently a staff researcher and writer for RTNCF, a nonprofit  humanitarian organization, established to help underserved children in need of medical medical care and intervention.

IZABELLA K. ESPINOZA

Izabella K. Espinoza is a young artist in training.  She is currently taking art classes and training with her mother and twin sister.  She spent many hours working on art projects.  She hopes to become a professional artist one day.  She spends her free time drawing, designing, and digital painting.  Her interest is in game art, and is proactive in finding new ways to be a creative game art developer in the near future.

HER VIEW ON ART

“Art is a poetic language, which we use to express our inner thoughts.  It has no fear of perfection and releases our inhibitions.  It is a way for us to record our experiences and truly be ourselves” -Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza