Isabel Cuenca oral history interview and transcript
Isabel Cuenca was born on a small island in the Philippines and moved with her parents to the United States when she was fifteen years old. After about a year and a half in America, Cuenca’s family moved to Houston, Texas. She stayed in Houston through her undergraduate years at the University of Houston before moving on to pursue her career as a painter. She traveled outside of Texas to receive a graduate degree in art and has focused her painting career around the style of geometric abstraction. Following graduate school, Cuenca had the opportunity to complete an art residency in her home town in the Philippines which she says was a major step toward her ultimate goal: bringing her knowledge of art back to the islands.
This recording and transcript form part of a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. This collection includes audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with Asian Americans native to or living in Houston.