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Honoring the body’s wisdom

“There is a force inside me that needs to express itself creatively.  An impulse to materialize sensations, feelings, dreams, what I cannot express in words. Through my work I intend to explore the sensory nuances of the body, to draw my experience of pain, seeking for more than just physical relief, but relief of the spirit. I intend to evoke the transformative nature of life, trying to find myself and to form a symbolic language that resonates with others through our pain, our human experience of emotion, honoring the wisdom we carry within.

Magoda’s name is a variation of María (Mara, Magda, Margot, etc.) I adopted this name to embrace the archetype of the Great Mother, the Magna Mater, the female diety giver of life, the universal creative force, the center of conciousness, life and expansion, the eternal and absolute femenine. The Great Mother’s power has helped me live with resilience, to overcome sexual abuse and suffering from growing in a precarious environment. I embrace Magoda to remember the inner creative energy that I believe is contained in every one of us, a potentially magical power that waits silently for us to be awakened.”


Ileana García ‘Magoda’
Mexico City, 05/21/1985

Ileana Magoda (b. 1985) was born with Occult Spinal Dysraphism, a spinal defect that has caused her pain since childhood. Ileana grew up in a humble home on the outskirts of Mexico City. She was always fascinated by the arts, drawing obsessively and learning music since she was very young. Economic reasons kept her from enrolling in art school, so Ileana studied Graphic Design at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM). Later she worked for more than a decade as an art director in television advertising, and at the same time developed a musical project called Smurphy where she produced critically acclaimed albums and played at international electronic music festivals. At the end of 2020, because of the negative effects on her health, Ileana abandoned graphic design and music. It was then that she rediscovered her passion for painting, something she had not felt was possible. Since then, Ileana has dedicated herself to painting, inspired by her experience of chronic pain. Ileana is currently represented by Emma Donnersberg, who promotes her work among international collectors.

“Crystallizations”, at Finca Don Porfirio Independent Space, January 2023, Mexico City, MX
“The Healing Power of Image”, Radio Nopal’s Artist of the Month, June 2022, Mexico City, MX
"Anonimo MX", live painting June 2022, Mexico City, MX
“Formas Rituales” at Momoroom, November 2021, Mexico City, MX

Quipo Art Fair, The Black Piglet project, Art Week Mexico, Feb. 2024, CDMX
Clavo Seis, emerging art fair, The Black Piglet project, Art Week Mexico, Feb. 2024, CDMX
Clandestina Art Fair, participation in The Black Piglet project, Dec. 2023, Miami, FL
MAUD Art Gallery, continuous exhibition since September 2023, Edmonton, CA
Naturalezas Microscópicas, Amalgama independent space, Aug. 2023, Guadalajara, MX
Clavo Cinco, emerging art fair, participation in The Black Piglet project, Apr. 2023, Mexico City, MX
Obra Gris, independent space, Mar. 2023, Mexico City, MX
Manuk Art Gallery by Lourdes Rivera, continuous show since 2022, San Miguel de Allende, MX
Mooni Gallery of Emerging Art, continuous show since May 2021, Mexico City, MX
Machete Gallery of Emerging Art, continuous show since 2021-2022, Mexico City, MX

2003 - 2008
Undergraduated of Graphic Design, specializing in Illustration, National Autonomous Univeristy of Mexico, UNAM, class of 2003.

2016 - 2021
Co-founder, creative and art director of CREA Studio, web design and digital marketing agency. Developing branding and UX design working remotely with software and manufacturing companies and web agencies in the US.

2011 - 2021
Electronic music producer, DJ, and live performer under the alias of Smurphy. Produced critically acclaimed albums released independently and on various labels such as N.A.A.F.I. (MX), Leaving Records (LA) and Bokeh Versions (UK), with live performances at Mutek MX and Mutek Montreal in 2017, NRMAL Festival in 2018, among others.

2008 - 2016
Designer, art director and creative in advertising agencies. Among them, Alejandro González Iñárritu's “Z-Publicity” and “Central Films” where she worked closely with Rodrigo García Saiz and other film directors developing visualizations and art direction for international TV commercials. Mexico City and Los Angeles.