Amalia Mesa Bains is an artist and cultural critic who has worked to define Chicano and Latino art in the United States and in Latin America. Mesa-Bains is best known for her large-scale installations and interpretations of traditional Chicano altars and ofrendas.
Her work explores Mexican American women’s spiritual practices, addresses colonial and imperial histories, the recovery of cultural memory, and their roles in identity formation. She also uses aesthetic strategies to as ways to express experiences historically associated with Mexican American women and as sites for Chicana feminist reclamation. Mesa-Bains was born in Santa Clara, CA.
California State University, Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA1997 - 2014
UC Irvine, Irvine, CA1993
Far West Labs, San Francisco, CA1990-93
Division for Integration, San Francisco Unified School District1983-90
"Latin Tempo", KPIX-TV Channel 5, San Francisco, CA1986-88
Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA1983
Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA1980
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA1971
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA1966