Pilar was born in Manhattan, NYC. She grew up in La Paz, Bolivia until, at the age of twelve, her family moved to Whitehorse, Yukon. There she lived and attended junior High School. She had her first painting lessons in Haines, Alaska during a summer vacation at age 14 and from then on knew that she had found her calling.
At the age of 17 she moved back to La Paz where she started attending the Academy of Art Hernando Siles and later enrolled in the Fine Arts program at Universidad Mayor de San Andres.
Pilar obtained her BFA at the University of Victoria double majoring in Art History and Visual Arts.
After much traveling Pilar has settled in Vancouver where she maintains her studio, shows her work and teaches drawing and painting.