Juana Venegas Biography
I am an artist, an entrepreneur, a licensed life coach and a neurodivergent woman.
I was born and raised in my beautiful Bogota, Colombia, and came to the United States of America when I was twenty years old. I studied business administration at Marshall University, where I got my bachelor’s degree. In 2014, I realized I was an artist, and have studied my craft in classes at the Boca Raton Museum, and with Argentinian artist Pablo Contrisciani. Currently, I am dedicated to making art from recyclable materials, and to creating a new, eco-friendly white canvas. I named my art studio Evolution Art Space because I am constantly learning in this university of life, motherhood and partnership.
While I am an artist, I am also an activist for inclusion for neurodiverse people. My husband Ivan Bou and I welcomed our son Manuel Andres Bou Venegas in 2012. Two years and ten months later, Manu was diagnosed with autism and ADHD. Today, I have a lovable, intelligent, happy and brave little boy. I am grateful to all the therapists who have worked with Manu over the years. I believe that love creates love.
My personal mission is to help create a more inclusive culture for my Manu and any other neurodivergent person. This was the passion that prompted me to form the Manu for Inclusion Foundation in 2018. The Foundation offers scholarships and support to families of children with atypical diagnoses or behaviors who seek inclusion within their own communities.
I have moved forward through many obstacles in life with the power of personal development, faith in our higher power, therapy, wellness programs, and by belonging to communities that center health.