ChiChai Mateo (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and community gatherer born and raised in occupied Ohlone land, also known as the Bay Area. Through fashion design, murals and mixed media, Mateo aims to honor indigenous craftsmanship, the matriarch that raised her, and Mama Earth. Mateo earned her MA in International Studies from University of San Francisco (2016), in which she was awarded most original thesis for her master’s thesis “Challenging Filipino Colonial Mentality through Philippine Art.”