about me

My work offers an alternate universe that tries to empathize with us, but also distract and reveal a mythos that is unlike our own. Through my creatures, scenes of heart break or of sham encounters (to name a few), are reenacted. Relatable and recognizable scenarios to many. But my creatures also depict their own lives, a life that still believes in sympathetic magic and cohabitates with existing forces that can save you from literal destructive evil. 

Email: mayoavcreatures@gmail.com

Mayra A. Villegas

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION

2016  MFA, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California 

2011  BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

2008  AA, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, California

EXHIBITIONS

One or Two Person Exhibitions

2022 Ginkgo Art Gallery, Externalize the Interior, online gallery based in California

 https://www.ginkgoartgallery.org/current-exhibition

2022 Metro Gallery, Ghetto Rebellion, Pomona, California  

2022 (February 2022) Claremont Gallery, Pop-up show, Claremont, California

2021 (June, August, November 2021) Claremont Gallery, Pop-up show, Claremont, California 

2020 Virtual Solo Show, After a while, you could get used to anything

2018 The Progress Gallery, Polymorphic Experiences (with Sharon Ye), Pomona, California

2017  TAJ Art Studio Gallery, Emotive Sensibility, Los Angeles, California

2017  Roger Henry Studio Space, Mayra & Sharon Pop Up Show!, Los Angeles, California

2016  East Gallery, A crocodile passed by today, I said hello, he said hello, that annoyed me, Claremont, California

Group Exhibitions

2021 The Progress Gallery, A Three-Person Show, Pomona, California

2019 Pomona Arts Colony 25th Anniversary, part of August's Art Walk 

2019 Bonehouse Bridge, Artcrib 19: Measured Mischiefs, Claremont, California

2018  The dA Center, Aztlanization, Pomona, California

2017  Leiminspace Gallery, The Mix Show, Los Angeles (Chinatown), California

2017  Weber Rations, Rubber Wetlands, Los Angeles, California

2017  Museum of Broken Relationships, Plus One, Los Angeles, California

2017  DPOA Metro Gallery, All U Can Eat, Pomona, California

2016  Alexander Hughes Community Center, An Exploration, Claremont, California

2015  Claremont City Hall, Shifting Conditions, Claremont, California

2015  Peggy Phelps Gallery, Spoon, Claremont, California

2014  East Gallery, In Limbo, Claremont, California

AWARDS

2014| 2015| 2016  University Fellowship in Art - Claremont Graduate University

2014| 2015  Joan & David Lincoln Ceramic Fellowship

RESIDENCIES 

2022 Grunewald Guild-Artist is Residence, Location: Plain, Washington

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Art Conservation

2021- Present, Fine Arts Conservation LLC - Assistant Conservator 

2016 - Present  Fine Arts Conservation LLC - Conservation Technician

2016-2017  The Conservator's Easel - Conservation Technician

2016  May & Burch Conservation, Inc -  Conservation Technician

Conferences| Workshops

2022- AIC Annual Meeting- attended the conference and partook in seminar: Colors, Fills, and Retouches: Essentials of Inpainting

Teaching 

2015-2016  Pitzer College - Teaching Assistant for Senior Thesis Seminar 

2014-2015 Scripps College - Teaching Assistant for Ceramic I 

Other

2014-2015  Claremont Graduate University - Gallery Assistant 

2015 - Assistant to Artist Roland Reiss

Lectures/ Interviews

2022 US Art and Design Academy, Guest Artist, created a lesson plan for students ages 5-11 

2017  Edendale Branch Library, Latinas in LA's Creative Industries, Panel Discussion with Mayra Villegas, Erika Hirugami, Alana Medina, Darlene Stephanie, and Natalie Marrero, Los Angeles, California

2021 Progress Gallery, A Three-Artist Show, Pomona, California; Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFpBGrT7gfI

 

Publications

2017  Year Two, CuratorLove