I am a Co-Principal Investigator and Community Partner Artist (via Grand Central Arts in Santa Ana, CA) on a new research project with Dr. Dawn Bounds’ CYFER Lab at UC Irvine. The project is titled “Keeping it Real,” and received a NIH-funded Community-Campus Research Incubator grant through UCI’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Studies Program.
Work featured in a new book on contemporary abstraction from Latin America, edited by art historian and curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, published by Hatje Cantz. Released at Art Basel in Miami on December 1st, 2022.
The first phase of the residency activated the Storefront Gallery with the project <catharsis_underscore repair>. The second phase of the residency is a solo exhibition titled Gentle Prowess Deliberations, which included collaborative performances on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 and on December 10, 2022.
Participation in 21-hour Zoom performance broadcast to celebrate Linda Montano’s legacy. Organized by Franklin Furnace, Grace Exhibition Space, Streamside 7, Unison Arts, E.A.R.T.H. Lab (Environmental Art, Research, Theory & Happenings, San Francisco), Three Phase Center, and The Interior Beauty Salon.
January 18th-19th, 2022.
Residency and exhibition at Transformative Arts for the project ALI to LA, with Edgar Arceneaux, Kendell Carter, April Banks, Manuel Lopez and Veronica de Jesus, curated by jill moniz. In partnership with PBS and the film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon. Performance on Oct. 2, 2021. KCET feature “7 Artists Take On Muhammad Ali’s Legacy Outside the Ring,” by Jordan Riefe.
Of Warriors and New Kinships, new digital work included in the Every Woman Biennial, London/New York, June/July 2021, and in Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, “Inner/Outer Exile in Contemporary Venezuelan Art,” Review 103: Literature and Arts of the Americas, País Portátil: Contemporary Venezuelan Writing and Art, guest-edited by Javier Guerrero (Routledge, The City College of New York, 2022).
New solo work on The Hoosac Institute Journal #7, a wondrous interdisciplinary project curated by Jenny Perlin.
Work acquired by the Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst, Germany, Oct 2020.
Equal Rights (ER) Guide, a participatory mapping project released by the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum (UMM), September 2020.
Residency at the Kodokan Judo Institute, Tokyo, Japan. Supported by a Hoff Family Foundation grant. November-December, 2019.
Infinite Unbalancing Directions, a performative installation. SUR: Biennial, part of the section titled Southern Geometries: Contemporary Non-Objective Art curated by James MacDevitt at Cerritos College Art Gallery. August 26 – October 4, 2019.
The Pink Elephant in the Room Disrupts Patterns with a Mix of Stubbornness and Unapologetic Didacticism / El Elefante Rosado en la Habitación Interrumpe Patrones con una Mezcla de Testarudez y Didactismo Impenitente. In These Creatures, at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Cindy Rehm. September 9 – November 23, 2019.
Presentation at “Martial Arts, Culture and Politics,” 5th Annual Martial Arts Studies Conference, Chapman University, May 23-24, 2019. Organized by Paul Bowman (Cardiff University) and Andrea Molle.
drj – dr. julius | ap, CENTURY. idee bauhaus, a drj project contributing to 100 jahre bauhaus. Berlin, April – June 2019.
El Elefante Rosado en la Habitación Aprende a Responder Agudamente ante Situaciones Hostiles / The Pink Elephant in the Room Learns to Respond Sharply to Hostile Situations, part of the series The Pink Elephant In The Room. For El Mañana No Existe, curated by Lorena Gonzalez for the Galería Beatriz Gil in Caracas, Venezuela, through March, 2019.
Solo show: Everyday Grappling Operations, Orange County Museum of Art, November 3, 2018, through March 17, 2019.
Rema Hort Mann Foundation 2019 Emerging Artist Grant nominee
CIFO 2020 Grants and Commissions Program nominee
Working across installation, performance, studio and social practice, Venezuelan-American artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz sutures political, ancestral and personal modes of knowing to examine vulnerability and how we counter violence, both structural and domestic. The social practice dimension of her work involves collaborations with her martial art teachers and colleagues, participatory projects, instruction-based works, and experimental performance. Expanding on her initial training as a painter, her studio practice also remixes non-traditional materials such as judo belts, neighborhood detritus, spices, UPC codes, and coconuts to explore global consumption, gender in the art world, color and emotion, colonial extractivism, and chocolate, among other topics. At the University of California, Irvine, she is currently a Lecturer in the Art Department, a Community Partner and Artist-Researcher in Dr. Dawn Bounds’ CYFER Lab, and a Research Associate in the Latin American Studies Center. Read full bio…