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1991, Born in Bogotá, Colombia

Lives and works in San Francisco, CA



2016, MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2013, Bachelor of Arts. Earlham College, Richmond, IN. 

2009 International Baccalaureate. United World College, San José, Costa Rica



Spillage, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Conversation 7 w/ Farah Al Qasimi, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

Burn Notice, Tmoro Projects with Conrad Guevara , Santa Clara, CA 


Slow Clap, R/SF Projects, San Francisco, CA 

De:Formal Gallery, New York, NY 

Introductions, Unauthorized SFMOMA Solo Show, San Francisco, CA


El Hábito, Bass & Reiner, San Francisco, CA


Danny & Him, Paul Sack Gallery, San Francisco, CA 




State of the Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR


Touching History, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Sense of Self, Institute of Contemporary Art San José, San José, CA


Bay Area Now 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA 

Female Trouble, CULT Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA

RELAY II, Slide Space 123, Oakland, CA

UNTITLED Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

MonSTARS, Swim Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

Albion, San Francisco, CA       


The Black Infinity, NoPlace Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Kah-meel-E-yun, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA. Curated by Yarrow Slaps

Open Studios, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

Lil' Swim, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Bestiario/Menagerie, Adobe Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Shaky Towns Vol. 2, The Battery, San Francisco, CA

#Simulacra, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Commons Dilemma, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA

The Infraordinary, Adobe Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Landfill/Bedrock, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco,

Om I'm Home, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Shaky Towns, VOL I. Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

Reconstructed, Good Mother Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Welcome To The Left Coast, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Yaocihuatl, Social Policy, San José, CA

Group Show, Burnt Oak Gallery, Oakland, CA

MFA SFAI Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Parking Lot Art Fair w/Residence/SF, San Francisco, CA

StART up Fair w/Embark Gallery, San Francisco, 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 Almaza Pereda's Pop-up Show, Walter & Mc Bean 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 Mattress Factory, San Francisco, CA

Holy Hole, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Milhojas, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA


New Genres Salon, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Re-Frame w/ Pinkard Collective, Zellerbach Quad, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

BeLong, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Homegrown: Brooklyn Finest, Tutu’s, Brooklyn, NY

An Invitiation: To Practice, Glasshouse Art&Life Lab, Brooklyn, NY


Better Than Milk. Leads Gallery, Richmond, IN 


114th Annual Exhibition of Richmond & Area Artists. Juror: Ron Monsma. Richmond, IN


Group Show at 305 w. 29th st. New York Arts Program, Manhattan, NY


Fall and Spring Student Show, Leads Gallery, Richmond, IN


United World College: Final Exhibition. San José, Costa Rica



2020  State of the Art 2020, Crystal Bridges

2020 Art on Market Kiosk Poster Series, SFAC  

2019  Alternative Exposure Grantee, Southern Exposure 

2018  Bay Area Now 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

2018  Facebook Artist in Residence

2018  Alternative Exposure Grantee, Southern Exposure   

2017  Tosa Studio Award

2017  San Francisco Artist Award Finalist

2017  Art Matters Award Nomination

2016  Graduate Student Recognition Award, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2015  Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, San Francisco Foundation for the Arts

2014-16 Master of Fine Arts merit Fellowship in Photography, San Francisco Art Institute 

2013   Departmental & College Honors, Earlham College, Richmond, IN

2012   Mary Jane Harvey Memorial Award. For outstanding work in the Arts

2012   W. Ray Stevens Jr. Memorial Award for ‘Horizontal Gravitational Force’

2012   Merit Award at the Richmond Art Museum for ‘Corpse # 1’

2009-2013  Full Scholarship Earlham College

2009-2013  Davis UWC scholar

2007-2009  Scholarship United World College Costa Rica



Strange Fire Collective Interview with: Marcela Pardo Ariza 

Beyond the Studio: Marcela Pardo Ariza 

Congratulations Pine Tree: Bluets with Marcela Pardo Ariza


The (Art) Scene Podcast: Marcela Pardo Ariza & The Tallest Part of the Arch

Womxn* Art Handlers Carefully Deinstall Glass Ceiling of the Preparator World

Expansive, Exciting 'Bay Area Now 8' Lives Up to Its Name, KQED

Photographers Reveal Through Concealment, KQED

 SF new art space opens its doors with an exhibition called "MonSTARS"

At Santa Clara's tmoro projects, Still Life enters Other Dimensions, KQED by Sarah Hotchkiss


Slow Clap, Photograph Magazine by Roula Seikaly 

Art Talk Radio w/ Kunstcapades: Marcela Pardo Ariza

Art Scene Podcast: Marcela Pardo Ariza  

Fall Season brings rich gallery openings by Charles Demarais, SF Chronicle

Slow Clap, Juxtapoz Magazine 

Slow Clap, Art by Alan Bamberger 

Art Exhibition composed only of Color and Light, Charles Desmarais, SF Gate


Bestiario/Menagerie Review by Roula Seikaly


Marcela Pardo Ariza interview by Clare Szydlowski, Venison Magazine 

Episode 12: The (art) Podcast, Mariel Bayona, curator of El Hábito

El Hábito, Art Business

Interview by Michelle Weidman for Congratulations Pine Tree Episode 91

West Coast MFA Dispatch by Roula Seikaly for Humble Arts Foundation

Graduate MFA Exhibition at Fort Mason by Art Business 

In Focus MFA graduates San Francisco Art Institute

Mistaken Impressions at Root Division by Aaron Harbour for Curiously Direct

This is not a Painting at Embark Gallery by Xiao Wang


So Li Lo Quy at Swell Gallery by I. Leber

Milhojas at Swell Gallery by Jackie Valle 




Mill College, Oakland, CA

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

California State University Monterey Bay, CA

San José State University, CA


Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Mills College, Oakland, CA


The Painting Salon, San Francisco, CA 


San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA



Co-Founder, Womxn Art Handlers


Curatorial Council Member, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Program Associate, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA


Associate Curator, R/SF, San Francisco, CA

Photography Professor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Scenic Staff, Restoration Hardware, San Francisco, CA

2014-16 Gallery & Installation Assistant, Walter & McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014-15 Swell Gallery Curator, San Francisco, CA

2014-15 Co-Curator & Co-Founder of Noroof Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014 Co-Founder of Pinkard Collective

2014 Production Assistant of Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY

2013-2014 Installation and Curatorial Assistant, The Clocktower Gallery Manhattan, NY

2011 Art Education, International Center of Photography Manhattan, NY

2011 Artist  Apprenticeship, Sebastiaan Bremer Studios Brooklyn, NY

2010-2013 Publicity Director, WECI 91.5 fm Richmond’s Public Radio Richmond, IN







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