Hamaje (pronounced ah MAHJ) is the pen name of artist Ana María Agüero Jahannes. “Hamaje” means immortal and signifies the eternally beautiful and unfading power of women of color.
Ana María Agüero Jahannes was born in Savannah, Georgia to a family of artists and educators. She attended the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, where she is recognized as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar for her demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community service. A Media, Culture and Communication major, Ana graduated in 2008 to pursue her dreams of expanding the reach of art education in New York City. She developed an arts and discussion-based workshop called “Critical Culture” for high school youth. She has studied a variety of art disciplines with a primary focus on black and white 35mm photography, digital photography, drawing, graphic design and dance performance. She is specifically interested in holistic health education via creative expression, in particular for women of color and people identifying as queer and trans.
Ana currently lives and works in Savannah, Georgia.