Calabi Gallery

Featuring an Eclectic Array of Primarily 20th Century Artwork

Maria de Los Angeles

Maria de Los Angeles (Mexico, 1988- )

Rose is a Rose is a Rose by Maria de Los Angeles, 2020, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12 – SOLD

Unaccompanied Minor by Maria de Los Angeles, 2019, Monotype, 20 x 16

Maria de Los Angeles is a multidisciplinary artist who addresses issues of migration, displacement, identity, and otherness through her drawing, painting, printmaking, and fashion. She holds an MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale School of Art (2015), a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute (2013), and an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from Santa Rosa Junior College (2010). She was awarded the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize by Yale University (2015) for her artwork and her role in the community.

De Los Angeles has been an Artist in Residence at several notable institutions such as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), El Museo del Barrio in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Mana Contemporary in New Jersey, Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, and the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon, where she had a solo exhibition in 2018.

Recent exhibitions include group shows with Every Woman Biennial, Self Help Graphics, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, St. Johnʼs University, Robert Mann Gallery, and E.TAY Gallery. She participated in a panel discussion on xenophobia and deportation in America at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. Her work has been featured in HyperallergicNY Magazine, HelloGiggles, and TheObserver.

Maria de Los Angeles says of her work, “Currently, my work is rooted in my immigrant experience in the United States. I portray the criminalization of migration, definitions of citizenship, biculturalism, and how cultural identity is perceived by some in this time of division and rising nationalism. I begin by drawing from my imagination then, later, from photographs, combining the two to create a macro migration narrative. Geographically, the imagery combines fictional and actual moments on the US-Mexican border; I emphasize what life is like for undocumented persons in the United States.”

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