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



2019  Spillage, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018  Conversation 7 w/ Farah Al Qasimi, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

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

2017  Slow Clap, R/SF Projects, San Francisco, CA 

           De:Formal Gallery, New York, NY 

           Introductions, Unauthorized SFMOMA Solo Show, San Francisco, CA

2016  El Hábito, Bass & Reiner, San Francisco, CA

2014  Danny & Him, Paul Sack Gallery, San Francisco, CA 



2020  State of the Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

2019  Touching History, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

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

2018  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       

2017   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

2016   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

2015  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

2014  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

2013  Better Than Milk. Leads Gallery, Richmond, IN 

2012  114th Annual Exhibition of Richmond & Area Artists. Juror: Ron Monsma. Richmond, IN

2011  Group Show at 305 w. 29th st. New York Arts Program, Manhattan, NY

2019   Fall and Spring Student Show, Leads Gallery, Richmond, IN

2009   United World College: Higher Level Art Students 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

           Facebook Artist in Residence

           Alternative Exposure Grantee, Southern Exposure   

2017  Tosa Studio Award

           San Francisco Artist Award Finalist

           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


2019  Strange Fire Collective Interview with: Marcela Pardo Ariza 

           Beyond the Studio: Marcela Pardo Ariza 

           Congratulations Pine Tree: Bluets with Marcela Pardo Ariza

2018  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

2017  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 Business.com by Alan Bamberger 

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

           BYOB, www.byobworldwide.com

           Bestiario/Menagerie Review by Roula Seikaly

2016  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

2015, So Li Lo Quy at Swell Gallery by I. Leber

2015, Milhojas at Swell Gallery by Jackie Valle 



2019  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

2018  Stanford University, Stanford, CA

           Mills College, Oakland, CA

2017  The Painting Salon, San Francisco, CA 

2016  San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2016  UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


2018  Co-Founder, Womxn Art Handlers

2017  Curatorial Council Member, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

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

2016  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