Yvette Mayorga



MFA in Fiber and Material Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL


BFA in Painting with a Minor in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana
Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Yvette Mayorga is a Chicago-based artist who navigates the intersection of feminism, immigration, and post-colonialism. A first-generation Mexican-American, she works with subject matter specific to personal accounts of border crossing and border politics within the United States. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Roman Susan Gallery (Chicago), and a solo presentation in collaboration with the Chicago Artists Coalition at EXPO Chicago in 2017. Recent fellowships and residencies include a MAKER Grant from the Chicago Artists Coalition (2018), a Fountainhead Residency (2017), ACRE Artist Residency (2017), and a BOLT Residency at the Chicago Artists Coalition (2016). Mayorga holds an MFA in Fiber & Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Yvette Mayorga is a multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago, Illinois. Her work interrogates the broad effects of militarization within and beyond the US/Mexico border and intervenes in the colonial legacies of art history. She fuses confectionary labor with found images to explore the meaning of belonging.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Vincent Price Art Museum, DePaul Art Museum, El Museo del Barrio, the Center for Craft, the Museo Universitario del Chopo, LACMA's Pacific Standard Time:LA/LA, NXTHVN, Art Design Chicago, the Chicago Artists Coalition, the National Museum of Mexican Art, GEARY Contemporary, EXPO, and Untitled Art Fair. In 2020 her project, Meet me at the Green Clock, was commissioned by Johalla Projects as part of the exhibition Andy Warhol--From A to B and Back Again, at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is included in the critically acclaimed exhibition ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21, El Museo del Barrio’s inaugural large-scale survey of contemporary Latinx art. 

Her practice has been featured in publications such as Artforum, Artnet, Art in America, Art News, Galerie Magazine, Hyperallergic, NewCity, Teen Vogue, The Guardian, The New York Review of Books and The New York Times. Her works are part of the permanent collections of the DePaul Art Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She has participated in the Fountainhead Residency and BOLT Residency, and is a recipient of the MAKER Grant. She holds an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
The Ecstasy of Saint Britney, New York
June 11 - July 29, 2022

Solo Exhibitions


TBA, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Ridgefield, CT (catalogue)


What A Time to be, The Momentary, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR


Monochromatic Dreams, Law Warschaw Gallery, Saint Paul, MN


Monochromatic Dreams, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX


A Part of US, GEARY Contemporary, New York, NY

High Maintenance, Tube Factory, Indianapolis, IN


Pastillage, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL

High Maintenance, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN


High Maintenance, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL (curated by Janine Mileaf)

The Politics of Desire, BOLT

Solo Exhibition, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago,IL

Two Person Exhibitions


A Walk in the Park, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL


UNTITLED Art Fair, Selenas Mountain, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


Funk You Too!: Humor and Irreverence in Modern and Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY


Skin in the Game, Curated by Zoe Lukov, Chicago, IL

EXPO Chicago, Pablo’s Birthday, Chicago, IL

Contemporary Ex Votos, NMSU Art Museum, Las Cruces, NM

The Ecstasy of Saint Britney, Ceysson & Bénétière, New York


Liberatory Adornment, Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College, College, Northfield, Northfield, MN

Felix Art Fair, Residency Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The New Contemporaries Vol 2, Residency Art Gallery, Inglewood, CA

Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Unending Chapters, Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA

Exotify Elsewhere, Marthas Contemporary, Austin, TX

LatinX American, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL


Material Intimacies, NXTHVN, New Haven, CT

Endlessly Dreaming, NADA Chicago, Everybody Gallery, Chicago, IL

Sleight of Hand, Center for Craft, Asheville, NC (curated by Angelik Vizcarrondo)

Fair Vanity, Summertime Gallery, Slominski Projects, New York, NY

The Collection, Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Rosemont, IL (curated by Julie Ro
drigues Widholm)

Xicanx: New Visions, Centro De Artes, San Antonio, TX

Separation Anxiety, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Well Healed, HF Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI


Five x Five, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX

Human Nature, The Pit, Glendale, CA (curated by Jaime Muñoz)

A Record of Memory, The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, University
of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

Mana Decentralized, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

The Salon at The Wing, The Wing, Chicago, IL (curated by Lolita Cros)

Dream Wavers, STNDRD, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

The world can never be exactly what you want it to be, Heaven Gallery, Chicago,


Softer but Louder, GEARY Contemporary, New York, NY

Art Design Chicago Booth, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL

Local Comfort, LVL 3, Chicago, IL

Late August Early September, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

Living Architecture, Art Design Chicago, 6018North, Chicago, IL

Reinterpreting Religion, Ukraine Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Show, featuring work by the Chicago Imagists, Brooklyn, NY
(curated by Madeleine Mermall)

Out of Easy Reach, DePaul Art Museum, Gallery 400, Stony Island Arts Bank,
Chicago, IL (catalogue)

Design and its Dimension, Design District, Miami, FL

A Universal Universal History History of Infamy, Charles White Gallery, LACMA, Pacific Paci Standard Standard
Time:LA/LA, Los Angeles, CA

Barrier, ALSO Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


The Terrain Biennial, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL

Tilica Tilica y flaca es la calaca: calaca: Day of the Dead, The National National Museum of Mexican Mexican Art,
Chicago, IL

Bold Disobedience, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Petty Biennial, The Arts Incubator at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Memoria Presente: An Artistic Journey, The National Museum of Mexican Art,
Chicago, IL

Luscious Saturn, Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL

50 x 50 Invitational, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL


Preview 6, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

Nepantla: Spaces of Transformation, Lady Base Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Tastemakers & Earthshakers, Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA

SAIC Booth, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL

MFA Thesis Show, Sullivan Gallery, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
Chicago, IL

Brown Profile, Benton House, Spring of Latino Art Conference Conference and Biennial, Biennial, Chicago, IL 


SAIC Booth, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL

Borderline Visual Art, Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Layered Cities, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, India


BFA Thesis Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL 



Individual Artist Program Grant, DCASE, Chicago, IL 


Finalist, Artadia Awards Chicago, Artadia, New York, NY 


Nomination, Louis Comfort Comfort Tiffany Ti Foundation Foundation Award

Emerging Legacy Award, The College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at 

Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 

Visiting Artist Residency Program, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 


MAKER Grant, The Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL 

The Money For Women, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Inc, Bearsville, NY 

Emergency Grant, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY 

Art Ambassador, Art Design Chicago, The Terra Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago, IL 


Make a Wave, 3Arts, Chicago, IL 

The Fountainhead Residency, curated by Jose Carlos Diaz, Miami, FL 

ACRE Artist Residency, Diversity Scholarship, Steuben, WI 


BOLT Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL 

Nomination, The Edes Fellowship, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 


Incentive Scholarship, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

House Florence M. Scholarship Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Brand-Boeshaar Scholarship, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA