Marcela Villasenor was born in Mexico City and trained there at the National School of Fine Arts before going to Paris, France on a University of Mexico scholarship. Later she received her MFA from San Diego State University, US. Her current work use digital and traditional photographic and print media to focus on ancient Mexican culture and its intersection with the identities of modern-day Mexicans in both Mexico and United States. Villasenor has been the curator of Cultural Diffusion at the National University of Mexico and instructor of art at educational institutions in Mexico and California.
Her exhibitions include the CREP gallery of Chatney Malabry, France (invitational); the Grand Palais Des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France; the House of UNESCO in Paris, France (invitational); the Casa de Lago UNAM in Mexico City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Toluca, Mexico; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Michoacán México; the National Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City; International Gallery, Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan (invitational); San Diego State University, California, US; the Cannon Gallery (invitational), California US; and Istanbul University Gallery in Maslak Turkey.