MasPaz was born in Bogota, Colombia, adopted from La Casa De La Madre Y El Niño orphanage, to an American family, and raised in Washington, DC. In his home, his mother hung Colombian tapestries and shared her stories of being in the Peace Corps in Quibdo, Colombia. Her memories gave him a closer understanding to his Colombian roots and ancestors.
His Latin American heritage plays a huge role in his art today, as he explores themes of respect for Mother Earth and her indigenous peoples.
MasPaz is a graduate of George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. His studio work, installations and gallery projects have been exhibited throughout the world most notably The Smithsonian Institution, Corcoran Gallery of Art and The New Museum. MasPaz lives and works in Arlington, Va, but spends a majority of his time traveling, teaching and painting murals across the world.