Byron Tenesaca is a visual artist currently living and working in Asheville, NC. After graduating from Western Carolina University in 2015 with a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Spanish, Byron served as the Photography Artist-in-Residence at The Bascom in 2016 and 2017. His work has been exhibited regionally, including: The Bascom in Highlands, NC; Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN; WCU Fine Art Museum in Cullowhee, NC, and Specto Art Space in Bridgewater, VA.
In addition to approaching photography through traditional documentary methods, Byron Tenesaca explores the personal testimony of the subconscious mind through the use of mixed-media collage and digital photomontage. In his current work, Tenesaca has rediscovered photography as an art of inclusion by digitally overlaying photos and the curating of vernacular photographs. While reflecting on personal dreams, memories, and experiences of growing up in the Ecuadorian Andes Mountains and in North Carolina, Tenesaca work also surrounds themes of identity in it’s relation to a place.