Montserrat Alsina was born in Valencia, Venezuela. She studied Visual Arts, Psychology, and Education at Rhodes College. In 1988, she completed study in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently works in a variety of visual media. She has danced for nine years with Nahui Ollin, a traditional Aztec dance group which has performed in Chicago and toured nationally. She and her husband, Robertao Ferreyra, are the founders of Colibri Studio/Gallery in Pilsen. Alsina has extensive teaching experience. She worked for ten years at Francis W. Parker School and has taught for A.R.T., Marwen Foundation, Gallery 37, and at many schools and institutions.