Viviana Leija-Sysak is a visual artist born in Mexico City and currently living in the Bay Area. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). She is currently working as TV producer at CreaTV San Jose and has produced and edited Health Trust TV, Latino Focus and most recently Valley Politics which ranked #1 TV show in CreaTV this year. Her artistic work has been exposed in many venues, mostly in Mexico and USA. She has worked in the TV industry directing, producing, editing and animating shows and spots for several TV stations and production companies. In 2006 she directed and hosted “Mejora Tu Vida” a KPMR show in Spanish to bring fresh information to the Latino population in the Central Coast. Later in 2008, she produced, edited and hosted “Non-Profit Spotlight” a series dedicated to broadcast the best non-profit organizations in the area of Santa Barbara, CA. She has also worked as a freelance graphic designer and video editor and joined the Marketing Department at The Metropolitan Transit District in Santa Barbara for a year as main graphic designer and producer. In 2007, she edited the award winning documentary "The Shaken Tree" at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and in 2008, she published her first bilingual children's book "My House is Full of Light". Viviana has also worked as an art instructor for different organizations and volunteers as a music entertainer for kids. Her latest artistic inspiration is combining her drawing skills with digital tools and recently initiated an art blog through Tumblr.com where she’s planning to post some of her personal artwork and comments about contemporary art and TV production.
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