UCSD Thesis Exhibition

I present my thesis exhibition Criminalized Aesthetics, June 9 – 11.

On June 10th we are hosting a lowrider and mini-truck show from 11 to 4 in the UCSD Town Square with a small reception for my thesis exhibition Criminalized Aesthetics from 5 to 8 at Structural Materials & Engineering Gallery.

UCSD 2021 MFA Exhibition San Diego Art Institute

Measurements of Progress

  • Friday, April 23, 2021 12:00 PM
    Sunday, May 30, 2021 7:00 AM
  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 (map)

Click here to RSVP a time to view Measurements of Progress.

Change is traditionally measured by success. A paper or book has been written and concludes, an artwork completed, a law passed, a position achieved, are all forms of successful change. Success is also subjective based on the morals and values of the individual. But how do you measure something that never succeeds or never ends?

In Measurements of Progress, the graduating students of the 2021 Masters of Fine Arts cohort from the University of California, San Diego, delve into the incremental steps of human progress from a historical, contemporary, and speculative vision. While humans strive for success, it is evident that the human struggle for peace, liberty, and justice is a process, not the end game. The only constant in an ever-changing culture and global perspective is the requirement of creative solutions. This is why the role of art in society has been so important for thousands of years.

Measurements of Progress includes work from graduating Master of Fine Arts students including: Ana c. Andrade (b. 1987, US-MX), Juan Bastardo (b. 1975, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico), Bailey Davenport (b. 1990, St. Louis, Missouri), Thien Hoang Doan (b. 1991, Vietnam), Grace Grothaus (b. 1985, New Orleans, Louisiana), Kirstyn Hom (b. 1990, San Francisco, California), Işık Kaya (b. 1990, Turkey), Oscar Magallanes (b. 1976, Duarte, CA), Carolina Montejo (b. 1981, Bucaramanga, Colombia), Alex Neuman (b. 1993, New York, New York), Alan Skelton (b. 1983, New Orleans, Louisiana), and Lauryn Smith (b. 1996, Harrisville, NY).


Video by Gustavo Martinez

3B Collective installation video.

“The gesture was created by MFAs and faculty and in dialogue with the VIS Arts department. This was an action as an internal reflection on the work we within the department are actively committed to working harder on the work reminds us, as we come to work and go in and out of the visual arts department, of the work we have to do.
We welcome the opportunity to facilitate a more public gesture on Library Walk or at the main entrances to campus, as implied by the support shown today by UCSD administration.
” -UCSD Vis Arts

Music: “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am” by My Morning Jacket (Feat Merrill Garbus & Brittany Howard)

UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts for the 2020 Graduate Open Studios

February 29, 2020, 3-6 p.m.
Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego
Free & Open to the Public.

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Open Studios Artists

This is our opportunity to share with you and the San Diego community our research, scholarship, and artistic practices. Open Studios will feature over 40 MFA & PhD artists’ open studios, exhibitions, screenings, and publications produced in the Department of Visual Arts. The artists will be present in their studios throughout the afternoon and excited to talk about and share their work with you.

The winner of the 2020 David Antin Prize will be announced at 3 p.m., kicking off the Open Studios. This annual prize was started to support a third-year MFA Visual Arts student who reflects David Antin’s focus on interdisciplinary work and the use of multiple mediums. The awardee has shown originality and creativity in work as an artist or writer in the field of art criticism. The prize comes with a $1,000 award.

CHIMMAYA presents ‘Arte Para La Gente | Art for the People’

15 years in business….we’re closing ChimMaya at the end of November

Machete, 2012 by Oscar Magallanes

After much consideration…We’ve decided (Steven & Dan) that we want to take ‘some time off‘, from the day-to-day responsibilities of running and operating our gallery.

It’s been an incredible experience! 

We’ve been fortunate to meet, represent, and exhibit so many amazing/talented artists, whose careers are now getting the recognition they deserve and hopefully, have benefited from the exposure our gallery has given them.

We invite you to join us for a not to be missed exhibition @ ChimMaya

Opening Reception

Sunday, October 13th | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

ChimMaya Resident Artists:  Yolanda Gonzalez, Emilia Garcia, Rick Ortega, CiCi Segura Gonzalez, Gennaro Garcia, Julie Zarate, Esau Andrade, German Rubio

Invited Artists:  Margaret Garcia, Frank Romero, Magu, Robert Palacios, Christina Ramos, Wayne Healy, David Botello, Emilia Cruz, Erin Currier, Kikki Eder, Bonnie Lambert, David Flury, Steve Leal, Pola Lopez, Jose Lozano, Ixchel Marina, Laura Vasquez Rodriguez, Otto ‘Tito’ Sturcke, Linda Vallejo, Antonio Rael

Thomas Acevedo, Pavel Acevedo, Lalo Alcaraz, Eric Almanza, Anna Alvarado, Francisco Alvarado, David Amoroso, Linda Arreola, Cathy Ashworth, Irene Carranza, Art Carrillo, Nani Chacon, Jamie Chavez, Salvador Correa, Steven Correa, Emily Costello, Monica Gisel Crespo, Pablo Cristi, Victoria Delgadillo, Rafael Delgado jr, Alex Escalante, Ofelia Esparza, John Galan, Crystal Galindo, Luis Garcia, Dolores Haro Gonzalez, Sergio Hernandez, Jeannette Herrera, Ernie Herrera, MJ Lindo, Lauretta Lowell, Ernie Lucero, Oscar Magallanes, Maja, Brandon Maldonado, Isabel Martinez, Manuel ‘Manny’ Martinez, Mer Young, Michelle Taylor, MRBBABY, Carlos Nieto III, Francisco Palomares, Nikki Garcia Poling, Jake Prendez, Rafa, Ramon Ramirez, Chuy c/s, Joe Ray, Barbara Rivera, Lucy Rivera, Eugene Rodriguez, Sheila Rodriguez, Sonia Romero, Laura Salas, Niki J Sands, Carmine Santaniello, Darlene Saucedo, Joey Terrill, The Dead Beatnik, Luis Tinoco, Paul Torres, Peter Tovar, Roger Trivinos, Suzanne Urquiza, Vakseen, Ruben Zavala, John Zender, Raul Pizzaro, Maria Croucier

At this date, we’re still confirming artists who will be participating in ‘Arte Para La Gente’, and those names will be added once they’re confirmed.


Antonio Pelayo invites you to experience the Day of the Dead event
EL VELORIO, celebrating its 10 Year anniversary

IXPETZ, 2019 by Oscar Magallanes

Largest DOD Art Show ever assembled, Concert, Car Show, Face Painting, Live Art, Screenings, Fashion Show, Food, Drinks

•Special Carlos Almaraz documentary screening

Hosted by Gazoo Olmeda
Mariachi Los Reyes
Folklor Pasion Mexicana
Aztec Dancers
With a few special surprise performances!

Hosted by Calipso & Mauricio Ahued
DJ ChrisRox
No Where Fast band
Myk Mansun
Player WON


Day of the Dead attire is highly encouraged!!!

Art Show curated by Shana Nys Dambrot & Antonio Pelayo,

Abraham H Romero, Adam Bars, Albert Acosta, Alfie Numeric, Alex Garcia, Annie Terrazzo, Angela McCluskey, Amy Kaps, Bettina Hubby, Bunnie Reiss, Cesar Aldana, Chandy Mendez, Christine De Aro, Claudia Khandenwe, David Arquette, Danny Galieote, Deadmundo, El Sid Emmiric Konrad, Esmeralda Ezz, Francisco Palomares, Freddy Robles, Gabriel Prieto, George Yepes, Germizm, Gregory Siff, Heaven One, Isaac Pelayo, Jeff Hamilton, Joe Tate, Jza Figueroa, Kent Gordon, La Morena, Laurie Palomino, Lauren Mariscal, Leonard Greco, Luis Islas, Lourdez Amezqua, Maria Kane, Man One, Maldita Bruja, Malo, Mayan Gil, Mario Alberto, Mark Steven Greenfield, Martin Durazo, Ney Blak, Nellie Beatty, Laurie Lipton, Linda Vallejo, Oscar Magallanes, Pablo Damas, Rick Robledo, Risk, Rob Guadarrama, Saber, Steven Ortiz, Sofia Pereyra, Sylvia Ji, Tatevic Pelayo, Todd Carpenter, Victor Wilde, Vyal, Willie T, Yesenia Calvillo, Viralboa, Zach Oldenkamp, Zoro Rodriguez


October 11 – December 15, 2019

Opening at the California Museum’s Día de los Muertos Fiesta on Fri., Oct. 11, “El Arte de las Almas: Día de los Muertos 2019” (“The Art of Souls: Day of the Dead 2019”) is a new exhibit featuring original art and contemporary altar installations by California artists including Oscar Magallanes, John S. Huerta and Raul Mejia.

A journey through life, love and death, the exhibit explores the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2 by displaying calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings), which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern-day Mexico and California.

Members of the public are also invited to remember a lost loved one in the exhibit’s Community Altar.