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 in Canada. There she lived and attended junior High School. She had her first painting lessons in Haines, Alaska where she lived and painted with artist Sherry Takala at Noah's Art during the summer of 1985.
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 paints full time.