Ada Trillo Biography


Ada Luisa Trillo was born on the US-Mexico border to an artistically-inclined, entrepreneurial family.  Her passion for art began as a five-year old when taking private art lessons and later deepened in high school and college. Ada graduated from the Istituto Marangoni -in Milan, Italy- and then earned a second degree from Drexel University. Philadelphia became her home, with painting and major life events -including the raising of her two children, Isabella and Paulina- taking up part of her days.

Ada's current work has two major emphases: (1) a social protest series in which she uses painting and photography to reflect the conditions and issues that she feels strongly affect Mexico and the third world, and (2) an abstract painting series that is ethereal and dynamic and includes mineral elements such as silver, gold and oil. 

Linked by the overall concept of “theft,” a notion that speaks to Ada at both the social and personal levels, her work attempts to communicate the efforts of individuals to process and rescue the precious elements available to them as they navigate through often insurmountable challenges. 

Ada is currently working on a photo documentary exposé of low-cost prostitutes in Mexico. The series includes both a collection of photos taken in the brothels of Mexico deglamorizing prostitution and showing the dehumanizing conditions of their work, as well as an artistic depiction of each woman’s spirit inspired by on-site interviews conducted with each of them.