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Elizabeth Medrano

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Birth year

Lives in

Works in


Philadelphia College of Art, 1979, BFA
SFSU (San Francisco State University), 1989, MFA
SFSU, 2008, MA

exhibition/performance, sculpture, conceptual, abstract, modern, surrealism, landscape, realism, installation, mixed-media

Exhibition Record

Elizabeth A. Medrano

San Francisco, CA



Masters’ in Special Education, San Francisco State University

Masters’ of Fine Arts;  SFSU, Distinguished Graduate Award

Bachelors’ of Fine Arts,  Honors,  Philadelphia College of Art, PA


Exhibition Record

Selected group exhibitions


2014          SF Public Library Annual, SF, CA; (Group of 13)

2013          SF Public Library Annual, SF, CA

2012          Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA

2011          Thoreau Gallery, SF; Group Show

2010          Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA

2009           Sanchez Gallery, Pacifica, CA

2002-4        Visual Aid’s The Big Deal, SF, CA

1998            The California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA; Small Works Annual

1997            The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, CA; “L’Chaim,” A Kiddush Cup Invitational

                     Visual Aid’s The Big Deal, SF, CA

1996             Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA;  “Authentic Allies;” Artists working with Children-SF Ed Project; A Collaborative Project with Project Zero, Harvard, Mass.

1994-1995     Space 743, San Francisco, CA; Artists' Books

                       Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA

1991              Topher Delaney-South Park

                       San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; San Francisco, CA                 

                       American Institute of Architects; San Francisco, CA; Artists' Furniture

1990                De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

                        One Market Plaza, San Francisco, CA; Artists' Furniture

                        Limn Gallery: Life Support: Artists’ Furniture

1989               California College of Arts and Crafts; San Francisco, CA

                        Matrix Gallery, Three Person Show; Sacramento, CA

                        California Museum of Art;  Santa Rosa, CA

                        Southern Exposure Gallery; San Francisco, CA

                         SITE Gallery; "Shrines;" and "Beasts; " Culver City, CA

1988                 Gallery 44; "Works in Wood," Oakland, CA

1986                 Fiberworks Gallery; Berkeley, CA

                         Academy of Arts and Sciences; Poughkeepsie, NY

Civic Center; "Hayward Forum of the Arts: 24th Annual,"

Best of Show Award, 1st Place Sculpture, Hayward, CA


Selection of individual exhibitions


1997               Space 743, San Francisco, CA; Leaving Myopia

1993               Clay Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Blood and Thunder Trilogy, Part Two; Paintings, Sculpture, Shadow Puppets and Interactive    Performances

1992               Chabot College, Hayward, CA

1992               Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA

1991               Clay Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Blood and Thunder Trilogy: The Paintings, Part One

1988                Nexus Gallery; Berkeley, CA

1987                Sun Gallery; "Unspecified Sights," Hayward, CA

1986                The Little Theatre; SFSU, SF, CA; "Forty Trees...,"  


My recent past body of work of boulders, cliffs, and rocks, deals with interactions as a way of navigating identities within power systems; In a room of students, a meeting of teachers, reception for the artists, a cue at the bank;  How each group interacts is somewhat random, the grouping arbitrary, yet each group seems to exert systems of hierarchy, a socio-stratospheric layering of strengths, authority, needs, energy, weaknesses, etc.  What interests me is how and why individuals are juxtaposed, or get wedged, into that layered structure, and what develops next out of those compositions.

A Measure of Balance is a series of acrylic paintings, whose compositions try to negotiate juxtapositions of objects, textures, colors and shadows.  With boulders, rocks, and cliffs, compositions emerge and seem to unfold specific timeframes of a process of interactions.  The objects take various positions, sometimes balancing in impossible situations, sometimes solidly wedged in unseen ground.  Within these interactions of objects, there is discovery of understandings,  reflections, and a deepening analyses of obscured perceptions.  Playing with these somewhat random interactions of forms, shadows, and textures, is a way to maneuver through imbalances of tenuous interactions, interconnectedness, and fragile positioning.

Group of 13

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Board


African American Women Artists/Activists, mostly, who I started to research during a project, as a teacher, on African Americans in the Gold Rush Era in SF.  


Recent Exhibits

Elizabeth Medrano participated in these exhibits:

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