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LQAF Scholar Spotlight: Sofia Enriquez–Art and Fashion

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La Quinta Arts Foundation scholarship winner Sofia Enriquez (2010-2014) landed and designed the cover of October 2017 issue of DESERT Magazine.

We caught up with her about her involvement in the The Palm Springs Unified School District’s first two-week fashion camp this past summer. “It was SO fun to go and talk to some teens about fashion,” she says. “I was around their age when I started to get into it. I talked to them about the punk fashion scene from the 80s and the Harajuku fashion scene in Japan that inspired me as a kid. It was nice to show them that fashion can be interpreted by your own voice, since that’s what my fashion is all about. I think the program is such a great way to bring other forms of art to kids.” 

In her collaboration with the Coachella Valley Art Scene and Revivals Stores for the ‘PS You Make It’ event at Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs, she offered “My goal is to share with people how I have found my artistic inspiration at thrift stores like Revivals and how it enables me to merge my two passions: Art and Fashion.”
Locally, she has shown her work as part of the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission’s “Latino Cultural Arts Exhibit” at the Cathedral City Cultural Museum.  In Los Angeles, she’s shown her work at Junior High, and at Subliminal Projects

What’s next for Sofia?
“I’m thriving to get more murals, generate more buzz for my fashion line, and paintings up and out to the public.”

She paints in acrylic on canvas and oil on glass – much of it has been exhibited at shows presented by The Coachella Valley Art Scene. Enriquez hand paints creative designs on fabric and uses it to sew shoes, purses and clothing that she sells at pop-up shops. 

MAKE at the Mall

Collage of the Coachella Valley Art Scene programming. Top Left: Sofia Enriquez with her creative designs.

Sofia is involved with several creative communities of the Coachella Valley.

  • Sofia creates murals at businesses and for live events including First Friday Palm DesertDesert Trip Indio and Tokyo Dex 
    sofia enriquez mural view

    ‘Women’s Empowerment’ mural by Sofia Enriquez, Coachella


    Mural by Sofia Enriquez, Cathedral City

    Mural by Sofia Enriquez, Cathedral City


  • Sofia is part of Lady Lead, a Palm Springs Unified School District program helmed by CVAS director Sarah Scheideman and by Art Coordinator by Louisa Nelson Castrodale, brings lunchtime craft tables to local middle schools. 
  • She also teaches art with the YMCA’s after-school program and has worked as an art educator at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
  • She is a member of Wyld Womxn, a collective that believes in empowering women through the arts by creating safe spaces for collaboration and growth. They advocate for feminism and social change. 

To see more of Sofia’s art, visit her website :

To see her fashion, check out her Depop shop:

Follow her on Instagram: @sofiaenriquez  

In keeping with LQAF’s mission of “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts,” annual scholarship awards are made possible with proceeds garnered from LQAF public art events including the La Quinta Arts Festival, plus La Quinta Arts Foundation memberships and contributions by sponsors, community partners and memorial contributions.  LQAF scholarship recipients are eligible to receive funding for up to five years.

The Visual Arts Scholarship Program is designed to assist local college-bound art students, and returning scholarship recipients, as they work toward a career in the field of visual arts.