Elyla is a cochónx barro-mestiza, a non-binary performance artist and activist. Elyla is the first Nicaraguan artist to receive an Emerging Artist grant by the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in 2018. They’ve presented their work for The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU Encuentros in 2014, 2016, and 2019. Biennials include the IX/X Biennial of Nicaragua, IX/X Central American Biennials and the XII Biennial of Havana, Cuba. They are a member and founder of Operación Queer (2013) collective. Elyla is an Artist Protection Fund Fellow by Institute of International Education (IIE) in residence at Bucknell University, supported by the Ekard Artist Residency.