Barbara Cruz was born in Necaxa, Puebla, in 1951. Her art training was self-taught until she entered the Painting Workshop at the Instituto de Bellas Artes de Morelos in Cuernavaca in 1984 and later in 1989 she attended the workshop of the master Roger von Gunten.
With a strong connection to nature, in 1976 she made a great trip to the Sierra Tarahumara and in 1978 to Central and South America with the purpose of continuing her artistic formation and exploration. In 1981 she moved to Amatlán, Morelos and began to produce work continuously.
Barbara Cruz could exhibit her art in individual and collective exhibitions in important cultural centers throughout the country, France and Switzerland, among which Casa del Lago, the Manuel Felguérez Gallery of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, the University of Aguascalientes, the Tlaxcala Art Museum and the Mexico City Museum.
She has been selected for the Biennials of Diego Rivera (1993), Rufino Tamayo (2000) and has been awarded a scholarship from the National System of Creators and the State Fund for Culture and the Arts. In 2011 she was part of the artistic team of the project EnTijuanArte, which made public art in the border city.
A lover of flora and nature, her work is an explosion of color that forms a composition with harmony and balance. Colors are the most important thing, without previous work, just a spontaneity where the relation of the same one with the nature is reflected.