Marcela Pardo Ariza

b. Bogotá, Colombia

Marcela Pardo Ariza explores the relationship of wry humor, queerness and representation through color sets and prop-like objects. Her photographs incorporate quotidian objects in seemingly absurd ways creating tableaux that mix recognizable elements with magical realism. Pardo is interested in the action of looking within the theatricality of “the set” and her visually provoking portraits seek to explore metaphors regarding race and gender.

Pardo is from Bogotá, Colombia and has worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Clocktower Gallery (Manhattan, NY), a co-Director at the Swell Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and is Co-Founder/Director of NoRoof Gallery (San Francisco, CA). Pardo has curated shows at Cranium Corporation (San Francisco, CA); Residence/SF (San Francisco, CA); and CTRL+SHFT collective (Oakland, CA). Her photographic work has been shown at Glasshouse (Brooklyn, NY); SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), Embark Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Zoo Labs, guest curated by Et al. (San Francisco, CA); and Root Division (San Francisco, CA).

Selected Group Exhibitions
#simulacra, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA (forthcoming)
Om Home, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA (forthcoming)
Reconstructed, Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA
Shaky Towns, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA
Yaocihuatl, Social Policy, San Jose, CA
Group Show, Burnt Oak Gallery, Oakland, CA
San Francisco Graduate Exhibition 2016, Fort Mason Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Parking Lot Art Fair, w/Residence/SF, San Francisco, CA
StART up Fair, w/Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Absent-minded Window-gazing, Zoo Labs, guest curated by Et. al., Oakland, CA
Mistaken Impressions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

So lil o quy, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
PARANOIA, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
This is not a Painting, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s Pop-up Show, Atholl McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA
LGBT Por La Vida, Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA
Paul Sack Building Award, Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco, CA
God Particle II, The Mattress Formula, McRoskey Factory, San Francisco, CA
Holy Hole, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Milhojas, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Danny & Him, Paul Sack Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Homegrown: Brooklyn Finest, Tutu’s, Brooklyn, NY
An Invitation: To Practice, Glasshouse Art&Life Lab, Brooklyn, NY

Better Than Milk, Leads Gallery, Richmond, IN

114th Exhibition of Richmond & Area Artists, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, INcx  

2016, Master of Fine Arts, Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2013, Bachelor of Arts, Earlham College, Richmond, IN

Roula Seikaly, “West Coast MFA Dispatch: Highlights from the Recent Graduates of Mills College, California College of the Arts, and San Francisco Art Institute”, Humble Arts
Foundation, June 8, 2016. Alan Bamberger, “San Francisco Art Institute: 2016 Graduate Exhibition”,, May 5, 2016. “In Focus: MFA 2016—Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,
Francis Calimlim, Marcela Pardo Ariza”, San Francisco Art Institute, May 10, 2016.
“Root Division // Mistaken Impressions”, Curiously Direct, January 13, 2015.
Xiao Wang, “Out of the Loop: This Is Not a Painting Artists Innovate at Embark Gallery”, Embark Gallery, September 29, 2015.
Izidora Leber, “So.lil.o.quy Review”, Swell Gallery, December 23, 2016.