Mariza Ryce Aparicio-Tovar grew up around artists and makers who nurtured her creativity and fostered a strong connection with nature. Her family, who are a mix of Mexican (Wixárika and Chichimeca) and American (Mohawk) lineages, raised her with ceremonies honoring land and relationships with the natural world.
Mariza has worked in biology data collection with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak, the Alaska Peninsula, and Unalaska. Her digital illustration often incorporates elements of Alaska flora and fauna she observed during her years of fieldwork. She is currently based in Homer, Alaska.