I was born in Medellin, Colombia.
In 1978 I graduated with a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Antioquia in Medellin and then I travelled to Italy, where I studied at the Arts Academy in Florence. Two years later I attended Mario Palaggi's Workshop, in Lucca, where I trained in ancient and Renaissance painting techniques. After returning to Medellín, I became a Lecturer in Arts at the National University's Faculty of Architecture.
My passion for papermaking started in Buenos Aires, and flourished as I lived in Poland for two years and in Thailand, for five years, two countries where I was able to learn traditional papermaking techniques from local masters and to experiment with a variety of native plants and other materials.