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Mario Ybarra Jr.

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Los Angeles, CA

Lives in
Los Angeles, CA

Works in
Los Angeles, CA


UCI, 2001, MFA
Otis College of Art and Design, 1999, BFA
Claremont Graduate College, 1996


Mario Ybarra, Jr. is a visual and performance artist, educator, and activist who combines street culture with fine art in order to produce what he calls "contemporary art that is filtered through a Mexican American experience in Los Angeles." He has received critical acclaim for his site-specific urban interventions that often bring to light little-known aspects of a particular location’s cultural history. 

-- courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago


2001 University of California, Irvine, MFA in Studio Art
1999 Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, BFA
1996 Art Center College of Art, Pasadena, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2007 Bring me the head of…, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Tea Time For Tito, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions, Miami, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
2007 The World as a Stage, curated by Jessica Morgan, Tate Modern, London
Prague Biennial, Prague, Czech Republic
2006 2006 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Alien Nation, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Tijuana Biennial, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico
Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
Consider This…, designed by Barbara Kruger, with Mark Bradford, Dorit Cypis, Margaret Honda,
Philip Rantzer, Mario Ybarra, Jr., and Bruce YonemotoLACMA Lab, Los Angeles, CA
People for a better tomorrow, curated by Meg Cranston, UC Riverside Gallery, Riverside, CA
Home of the Free, curated by Jens Hoffman, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2005 Uncertain States of America, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Daniel Birnbaum, and Gunnar B.
Kvaran Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway traveling to Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Serpentine Gallery, London; Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing


2005 For All I Know He Had My Friend Angel Killed, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions, Miami
Beach, FL
2003 Below The Belt, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Cowboys On Broadway, A Show That Will Show That A Show Is Not Just A Show,
Curated by Jens Hoffman, The Project, Los Angeles.CA
2000 Working Classics, Side Street Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Monster Mash, OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA.
1999 Allmodcons, Otis College Of Art and Design Los Angeles, CA
1997 Super Cultura, South Central, Los Angeles. CA

Curatorial Projects

2004 Urban Hieroglyphics 2,Up’space Gallery, L.A. Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Elemental Journey: Your Style Is Worth While, 10 Year Survey Of Graffiti Art In Los
Angeles 1993-2003, Commissioned By The Los Angeles Dept. Of Cultural Affairs, Inshallah
Gallery Los Angeles, CA
In My Room, Robert Alvarez, Eric Marquez, Arturo G,Ochoa, Joseph Park, Jay Stuckey,
Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Relative, Liat Yossifor, Brienne Arrington, Homeland Gallery, Homeland Cultural Center, Long
Beach, CA
Echoes Of Africa: African-American Hair Braiding Exhibition, Homeland Gallery, Homeland
Cultural Center, Long Beach, CA
Wonder Women: The Girls of Graff, Homeland Gallery, Homeland Cultural Center, Long Beach, CA
Cache, Paintings By Adrian De La Pena, Class C Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Recent Exhibits

Mario Ybarra Jr. participated in these exhibits:

May, 2014 Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Feb, 2014 Trouble with the Index
UCR/California Museum of Photography
Nov, 2013 Around the Table. Stage Two: Food, Community, Creativity
San Jose Museum of Art
Nov, 2013 Heroes and Villians
Honor Fraser
Feb, 2013 Born To Curate (Performance/Curatorial Battle)
Highways Performance Space
Jan, 2013 Double Feature
Honor Fraser
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