education

2013-17               B.A Fine Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2017                    Study Abroad Program, Universidade Católica do Salvador, Salvador, BA, Brazil

2009-13               High School Diploma, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

residencies

 

CURRENT           Zeal Artist Residency, Zeal Press, Inglewood, CA

2018                    London Summer Intensive, Camden Arts Center & UCL Slade School of Art, London, UK

 

curatorial projects

 

DEC 2019             Curator for #WhoOwnsBlackArt Exhibition, MUCE, Miami, FL 

 

special projects

JAN 2020              MLK Jr. Day Celebration Installation, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

OCT 2019             Artwork for Fresco Collective & Paddle 8’s Online Benefit Auction

JUL 2019              Illustration Commission for the Baffler Magazine Issue No. 46 

OCT 2017             Performer for Joiri Minaya’s Containers, Wavehill Public Gardens, Bronx, NY

SEPT 2017           Performer for Joiri Minaya’s Plumerias, LAX ART, Los Angeles, CA

JUN  2017            Model, Black Luxo, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

APR 2016             Model, La Liga x Nosesso Afro-Latinx Collaboration, Los Angeles, CA

JUN-AUG 2010    Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Program, The Hotchkiss School, Amalfi, Italy

 

exhibited works

 

[Solo Exhibitions]

*JAN 2021         Inner Eye: Alignment, Perfection & Completion (pt. 2), Tremaine Gallery (The Hotchkiss School),

                          Lakeville, CT

*AUG 2020        Inner Eye: Alignment, Perfection & Completion (pt. 1), Lei Min Space, Los Angeles, CA

SEPT 2018        Once it Fell..., Right Window Gallery, San Francisco, CA

JUL 2016           Mangu, Studio 106: LA, Santa Monica, CA

 

[Group Exhibitions]

*MAY 2020         Masterpiece, Band of Vices, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Melvin A. Marshall & Terrell Tilford

MAR 2020          Parallel Realities and Unpopular Truths, Superposition Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Mylo Mu & Storm

                           Ascher

FEB 2020           Labor of Love, Superposition Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Storm Ascher

DEC 2019          Who Owns Black Art?, Zeal Press , Miami, FL - Curated by Eilen Itzel Mena

AUG 2019          Boiling Point, Superposition Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Storm Ascher

JUN 2019           By Us, Reparations Club, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Kiara Ventura

MAY 2019          CMY=K, Superposition Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Storm Ascher

NOV 2018          Latinx Art Fair, SMV Gallery, New York, NY - Curated by Kiara Ventura

AUG 2018          LSI Open Studios Showcase, Slade Research Centre, London, UK 

AUG 2018          Superposition, Superposition Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Storm Ascher

AUG 2018          LSI Showcase, Camden Arts Center, London, UK

DEC 2017          Keep It Cozy, Kinfolk 94, Brooklyn, NY 

JUN 2017           Platanos & Collard Greens, Electropositive, Brooklyn, NY - Curated by Jason Rosario

JUN 2016           Pura Sabrosura, Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY - Curated by La Liga Zine

MAY 2016          Unofficial II, Los Angeles, CA 

FEB 2016           I Think Therefor I Yamm, Hollywood, CA - Curated by Devin B. Johnson

DEC 2015          Unofficial I, Pop Up Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

NOV 2015          Jukebox Collective: White Wall, USC, Los Angeles, CA

AUG 2015          Home is _________, Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Eilen Itzel Mena

MAY 2015          Green, Studio 106: LA, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Avila Santo

APR  2015         Jukebox + Dead Bird co., Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Michael Chang & Aaron Ashby

JAN 2015           Janice, Blue Elephant Café, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Michael Chang & Aaron Ashby

 

press & publications

 

DEC 2019           “Meet Eilen Itzel Mena” Voyage LA. 27 December 2019. Web. 

DEC 2019           Estrada, Barbara. “Afro-Latina Artist, Eilen Itzel Mena deconstructs Black Ownership of Art during Art                                                Basel Miami Beach” The Mujerista. 23 December 2019. Web.

DEC 2019           Osterheldt, Jeneé. "Art Basel bears far better fruit than that $120,000 banana” Boston Globe. 11 December                                      2019. Web.

DEC 2019           Fields, Dorothy J., “The art and soul of black Miami shines during Art Basel and Miami Art Week” Miami Herald. 6                          December 2019. Web.

DEC 2019           Patel, Alpesh Kantilal. “Gauging the Potential of Abstraction at Art Basel Miami Beach." Hyperallergic. 6                                            December, 2019. Web.    

DEC 2019           ArtNet. “Art Industry News: A Show in Miami Asks If Black Artists Really Benefit From the Rising Sales of Their                                Work + Other Stories. ArtNet. 4 December, 2019. Web.

DEC 2019            Eligon, John. “ ‘Who Owns Black Art?’: A Question Resounds at Art Basel Miami.’ ” New York Times. 3 December           2019. Web.

AUG 2019           ParisLA. “Superposition One Year Anniversary Party.” ParisLA, August 2019. Web.

JUL 2019            Pfaff, John. “Locked Up: Why the  Movement for Criminal Justice is Stalled.” The  Baffler. Issue 46. Pg 56. 2 July                              2019. Web.

SEPT 2018          Santa Cruz, Mari. En Mi Piel: On Colorism & Latinidad. La Liga Zine. Issue 02. 21 September 2018. Print.

SEPT 2018          Hassan, Yusuf. Project Blackmass. Archival book housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.                September 2018. Print.

SEPT 2018          Ong, Jyni.“Multimedia Artist Eilen Itzel Mena Explores the Survival of Afro-Diasporic People.” It’s Nice That, It’s                                Nice That, 24 September 2018. Web. 

AUG 2018            Dafoe, Taylor. “Meet Superposition, the Pop-Up Gallery Offering a New Socially Conscious Model. Art Net. 15                                 August 2018. Web.

MAY 2017             Mena, Eilen Itzel. “Spirits in the Cosmos.” Lost in the Grey, The Scribble Room. 12 May 2017. Print

 

professional affiliations

 

CURRENT                   Creative Director, Honey & Smoke, Los Angeles, CA

CURRENT                   Studio Coordinator, Zeal, Los Angeles, CA

APR - JUL 2019           Intern, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

JAN - FEB 2019           Studio Assistant, Seth Price Studio, New York, NY

OCT - DEC 2018          Intern, Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, NY

AUG - SEPT 2017        Studio Assistant for Joiri Minaya, Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

JUN - AUG 2017          Curatorial Intern, LAX Art, Los Angeles, CA

JUN- DEC 2016           Gallery Assistant, California African American Museum, Los  Angeles, CA

awards and fellowships

 

2017                Getty Multicultural Internship Program, Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

2017                Brazil Study Abroad Travel Grant, CIEE, Portland, ME

2017                Brazil Study Abroad Scholarship, CIEE, Portland, ME

2016                USC Gateway Research Scholars Program Grant, USC, Los Angeles, CA

2013-2017       USC Scholarship, USC, Los Angeles, CA

2016-2017       USC Black Alumni Association Scholarship, USC, Los Angeles, CA

2014-2017       USC Latino Alumni Association Scholarship, USC, Los Angeles, CA

2012                Habitat for Humanity Travel Grant, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

2011                Germany Cultural Immersion Travel Grant, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

2010                Italy Arts Travel Grant, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

2009               The Hotchkiss School Scholarship, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

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