Mario Ybarra Jr. was born in Los Angeles in 1972 and lives in Wilmington, California. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Otis College of Art and Design in 1999 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine in 2001. One-person exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Boone Family Art Gallery at the Center for Arts, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA (2015); Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2013); Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA (2012); Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2009); Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2008); and the Capp Street Project, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA (2007). His work has been included in thematic exhibitions such as L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Tastemakers & Earthshakers: Notes from Los Angeles Youth Culture, 1943–2016, Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA (2016); Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact, Museum of the Museum Image, New York, NY (2015); Global Positioning Systems, Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL (2015); Trouble with the Index, UCR ARTSblock, Riverside, CA (2014); The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), Mobile, AL (2014); The Past is Present, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI (2013); Around the Table: Food, Creativity, and Community, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (2013); Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2012); Possible Worlds: Mario Ybarra Jr., Karla Diaz, and Slanguage Studio Select from the Permanent Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2008); Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2008); The World as a Stage, Tate Modern, London, UK (2007); California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2006); Grey Flags, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY (2006); Uncertain States of America, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2005); and 100 Artists See God, The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA (2004).
Bio courtesy of Honor Fraser, image courtesy of Lluvia Higuera