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Morgan Mandalay

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Long Beach, CA

Birth year

Lives in
San Diego

Works in
San Diego


SAIC ( The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), 2014, BFA
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 2007
University of California-San Diego, 2017, MFA

Representing galleries

narrative, narrative., post-narrative, paintingnarrative,, neo-narrative, collage, collages, collaboration, collagen pop mixed-media, figurative, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance


“Everybody is an artist.”—Joseph Beuys

“And that’s what it’s all about.”—Bob Ross


What does it mean to believe that, as many of our parents told us as children, “you can be anything you want to be if you just work hard enough?” And what exactly is hard enough in world increasingly filled with instant access to forgettable information? How can an onslaught of images and information lead to the breakdown of order to offer up new visions of time, labor, leisure, and identity? Caught in the infernal struggle between understanding myself as an artist and an Artist or what the hell that even means. I probe and prod accepted hierarchies, norms, distinctions and other mechanisms we use to attain some sense of order. I use humor to explore the Sisyphean task of controlling our epistemological and existential experience in a world with growing grey areas and fuzzier lines.  I aim to explore the new geography from an often fractured and satirical vantage point. By utilizing populist forms and language that would typically be more in line with what has been deemed craft, lowbrow, or kitsch the work engages in Pierre Bourdieu’s argument that taste acts as a form of cultural dominance. In the end, what is the difference between my studio and the living room of a Sunday painter?





Born in Long Beach, CA, USA, 1985

Lives and Works in Chicago, IL



2014-                Masters of Fine Art candidate, University of California-San Diego, San Diego, CA

2012-2014          Bachelor of Fine Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2004-2007          six semesters course work, San Francisco, Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


Solo Exhibitions


Maybe_In_Our_wOrld­, Sediment, Richmond, VA


The Futility of Trying, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA

Roses on Your Gravew, Yautepec, Mexico City, MX


For Immediate Release, Disclosed UnLocation, San Diego, CA


The Sun Hung Low or A Question Loomed, Habitat House, San Diego, CA


Select Group Exhibitions


Until Then, Alcatraz, Chicago, IL

New Soil, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Yautepec (Mexico City), Los Angeles, CA


A Man Walks Into a Bar, Alcatraz, Chicago, IL


On Paper, Galería Yusto/Giner, Marbella, Spain

Endless Summer III, curated by Angella D'Avignon, 3rd Space, San Diego, CA

More Real Than Life, curated by Alexander Jarman, Southwestern College Art Gallery, San Diego, CA

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Yautepec (Mexico City), Los Angeles, CA


California Is a Girl I Saw Dancing On a Bridge, Gloss Gallery, Portland, OR

XX , selected by Kathryn Kanjo and Joseph Bellows, The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA

Fifth Season, curated by Ben Malcolm-Strauss, Space4Art, San Diego, CA

...There's More After We've Finished..., Sight School, Oakland, CA


Start Here, Space4Art, San Diego, CA

Colour Palette, Tin Can Gallery, San Diego, CA (two person)

Tomorrow is a Highway/ Fuck Your Sunset,  Galeria Yautepec, Mexico City, MX (two person)





Cadenas Pazos, Carolina. “Morgan Manduley en la galería mexicana Yautepec.”Plataforma de Arte Contemperáneo 18 Apr. 2013 < http://www.plataformadeartecontempo...>

  • Agenda Vogue.” Vogue México

            5 Apr. 2013 <            mexico/1924/image/1096230 >
D'Avignon, Angela. "Morgan Manduley at Helmuth Projects." Carets and Sticks

             15 Jul. 2013


Manor House Quarterly, Volume 2, Issue 4, Nov. 2012, Pg. 12, Pg. 13, Pg. 16, Pg. 20

Born In East L.A. Criterion, Volume 1, Issue 1, Sept. 2012, Pg. 12

Aguilar, Carlyn. “ALAC, Callejon Herron, Saving our Murals in LA, and Remembering Ronald Lopez.” Notes on Looking

            2 Feb. 2012


Pizza Face Zine, Volume 1, Issue 2, Nov. 2011, Pg 14

D'Avignon, Angela. “Studio Visit: Morgan Manduley.” Sezio

            21 Sept. 2011

XX catalog, Produced by The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

Fifth Season catalog, Produced by Space4Art

Casares, Carissa, Past Meets Present, San Diego Citybeat, Feb. 23, Pg. 13



2014     BFA/Post Bacc Fellowship

2012     Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2007     Interdisciplinary Honors Studio Recipient, San Francisco Art Institute

2004     Presidents’ Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute

Curatorial Experience

2010-2012 Curatorial Committee member, Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA

2014          Founder and Director, Sunday Project, Chicago, IL 



Recent Exhibits

Morgan Mandalay participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2015 Happy Little
LVL3 Gallery
Sep, 2015 6) A-1 Flyer Distribution, Sogi's Honey Bakeyshop
Aug, 2015 5) Angie Jennings, Chris Warr
May, 2015 4) Chelsea Culp: PAGAN SLUTz
Mar, 2015 2) Audrey Hope, Allison Wiese
Jan, 2015 1) Connor Creagan, Tim Mann, Jon Waites
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Todd Kelly
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LVL3 Gallery
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