Founder & Curator: Karen Torres is a Chicago native and Colombian with a lifelong passion for both.
As the daughter of Colombian immigrants, I spent summer vacations in Colombia absorbing all the wonders and riches of my ancestors. I especially fell in love with the diversity of Colombia's indigenous cultures and all the different art forms they have mastered. Yet in the states, I continually faced Colombia's stereotype of drugs & violence. I founded Tulia's Artisan Gallery to show that art is Colombia's other export. I named my new business after my grandmother, Ana Tulia, who instilled in her children & grandchildren the values of unconditional love, wholehearted generosity, and unyielding service to both family and community.
With these values in mind, Tulia's Artisan Gallery offers the finest examples of ancient techniques mixed with a modern flair. We co-create with indigenous tribes or traditional artisans working to preserve ancestral lands, culture, and traditions. We provides a platform for these artists to introduce their treasures to new markets, contribute to their local economy and empower their own local communities.