Mónica studied in the Visual Arts School of the UNAM with Luis Nishizawa and then studied color, light and materials techniques with Luis García Ordoñez.
She worked at the Friendship Home for Children With Cancer for more than 12 years, conducting the painting workshop and creating Christmas cards to fund several cancer treatments.
She was officially selected for the illustrators’ catalog of Conaculta, and illustrated three books. The last one, “Muyal”, was chosen for the Childrens’ Books National Prize. She has held exhibitions of her work since 2000, and participated in exhibitions with themes related to cats and spirituality. Her last exhibition was held in Neko Cafe, in Vienna, and won the hearts of the Viennese people.
Her first individual exhibition was at “El Chisme” gallery, displaying nearly 20 works with oil, tempera, watercolor and engravings. Her second individual exhibition, in 2010, was at Garros gallery, consisting of nearly 30 works.
Her artworks have travelled to France, China, Spain, New Zealand, U.S.A., Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Italy and Ireland.
The art of Mónica Padilla intends to honor the spirit of cats to awaken awareness of them as sacred and magical beings.
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