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Malado Francine Baldwin

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Portland, Oregon

Lives in
Los Angeles/New York

Works in
New York/Los Angeles


New York Studio School, 2006, MFA
Cooper Union, 2003
Swarthmore College, 1997, BA
l'Université de Grenoble, 1995

Representing galleries

photography, modern, surrealism, landscape, pop, conceptual, performance, video-art, installation, mixed-media, abstract, digital, graffiti/street-art, exhibition/performance, graffiti, Illustration, design


Beyond the gloss of surface, my work examines personal truths as inverted forms of cultural markers. Growing up between a rural village in West Africa, and the capital of the United States; my writing and art-making is a way for me to navigate my diverse identities, and relate to a larger audience.

In order to explore questions of identity and place, I distort and elaborate my personal micro-memories within universal macro-narratives. This process manifests as large and small scale drawings and paintings, collage, elaborate books, experimental films, and installations.  Multiple historical and geographic spaces meet in a variety of media; are layered and transposed.

Right now I am finishing up a multi-part film project, and documenting a life-long obsession with small-scale and intimate markings on cultural ephemera (post it notes, lotto tickets, old and precious books, sketchbooks layered with collage, image, and text). Initially begun as a working method suitable for small spaces and budgets; over the years the work has grown to encompass ongoing series in multiple formats that I now am turning into books, blogs, paintings and installations on a grander scale.This project is a sort of personal weltanshauung: an epic life on paper through my own particular micro-cosmos.

Impressions add up: all these little notes on paper, random bits: the decorated detritus of my life’s journey through places, ideas, and things. Half visual, half linguistic, and always demonstrating a strange and urgent need to recall the moment-of: to make my life real and poetic through archived annotation.

Recent Exhibits

Malado Francine Baldwin participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 PAPERAZZI 3
Janet Kurnatowski Gallery
Jan, 2013 Paperazzi 2
Janet Kurnatowski Gallery
Jun, 2012 Vibrant Intersections
443 PAS
Janet Kurnatowski Gallery
Oct, 2010 First Exit to Brooklyn
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
May, 2010 Exposure at Essential Anniversary Event
Icosahedron Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for Malado Francine Baldwin
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