Pronouns: he/his/him

Roots: Ecuador

Job Title: Visual Artist and Bilingual Educator

Arden, NC

Byron Tenesaca

Visual Artist and Bilingual Educator

Byron Tenesaca is a Visual Artist & Bilingual Educator residing in western NC. Born in an ancestral community in the Andes mountain region of Ecuador to a family of basket weavers and agriculturists, Byron’s early years were spent learning the reciprocity system that exists between humans and the mountains. At the age of 11 he was brought to the southeast part of the US to meet and live with his biological mother. His continued passion for art and education has also led him to take on the roles of Artist-in-Residence, Spanish Interpreter, Kindergarten Teacher Aide, High School Spanish Teacher, Camp Counselor, and most recently, HiSET instructor. A certified K-12 Art instructor, Byron recently received a M.A.T in Comprehensive Education from Western Carolina University. He was one of 50 artists selected to be part of The Asheville Art Museums inaugural exhibition Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia. His artworks in various media, document, layer and weave memories, culture, history, of the Andean and Appalachia mountain regions together.