Contact Info

email : samanthamariaespinoza@gmail.com
instagram : @xoc.hitl


Her Quick Bio

Samantha Maria Xochitl Espinoza is a Chicanx artist coming from a Mexican and Salvadoran family. She grew up in L.A and in Denver, CO and loves being a Libra. She references living in between worlds, identities, and homes as a marker of her queer, Chicanx experience. Her work reveals her historical and personal traumas as openings for wider conversations on racialized, gendered, sexual and capitalist oppressions. Her work is meant as a gift to fellow brown womxn in the hopes that they will see parts of themselves reflected or whispered within her work. She is a youth educator, organizer, daughter, sister and falls in love frequently.


Her Formal Artist Statement

Storytelling is one of the ways oppressed, marginalized, and ignored people share their realities. I examine what stories are passed on and the power in recounting of one’s narrative through printmaking, textiles, video work, and writing. My own fractured history as a Salvadorena, Mexicana, Chicanx-identified person existing in the United States provides the basis of sensitivity in my work. My work takes up space and acts as a form of resistance, similar to that of the brown body. Often, I reference historical trauma, brown queerness, and treatment of brown people in the United States. Our stories serve as evidence of prejudice and empowerment, the passing on of emotions. Through excavating the layers of my stories that make up my reality, my printwork archives the tender components of being a marginalized family, community, and self. My passing of story to you is an act of survival despite violence inflicted on my past lives. Witnessing my work, you interact with my past and present families. You are experiencing restricted and oppressed narratives of my own community, and I ask you to question the construction of your history.



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Samantha Espinoza
samanthamariaespinoza@gmail.com

b. 1996, Denver, CO. Libra. Resides in Oakland, CA.


EDUCATION


2018    Bachelors of Fine Arts, Individualized Program, Printmaking and Textiles Concentration. California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


2019    The Crucible, Youth Program Associate and Leatherworking Faculty, Oakland, CA.
       
        E.M Wolfman General Interest Bookstore, Bookstaff and Event Coordinator and Consignment Queen, Oakland, CA.

2018    Oakland Technical High School, Teaching Assistant. Fashion, Art and   Design Academy, Oakland, CA.

        The Crucible, Cartoneria and Leather Working Instructor, Program Assistant, Oakland, CA.

        Gallery Assistant at College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA.

        Galeria de la Raza Volunteer Assistant, San Francisco, CA.

        California College of the Arts Printmaking Studio Assistant, Oakland, CA.


2015    Student Facilitator of Students of Color Coalition at California College of the Arts.




SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2018    Manzanilla. Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland, CA.



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020     it’s a moment: a community exchange. Proarts Gallery, Oakland, CA. 94602.

2019     black and brown bodies will forever dream and exist. CTRL + SHFT Collective, Oakland, CA.  
         Rad Craft. Dream Farm Commons, Oakland, CA. 
       
         Supermarket Soapbox. E.M Wolfman Books. Oakland, CA.
         
         En este momento / In this moment. Alchemy Collective, Berkeley, CA.
           
         Queer Ancestors Project. SomARTS and Strut. San Francisco, CA.
           
         VisibiliT: Support Trans Womxn Migrants. Era Art Bar, Oakland, CA.

         Immigration is a human right. Station 40, San Francisco, CA. 

2018     The Storyteller of the Futures Says “Welcome!”. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Berkeley, CA.

         PAVE!!! A Group Show of Queer, Trans, and POC Artists and Skateboarders. New Image, Los Angeles, CA. 

         AS BRIGHT AS YELLOW. Deli Gallery, New York, NY.

         The Multivrs is Illuminated. ATA Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

         From Among the Stars: 18th Annual Night of Cultural Resistance. UC Berkeley Multicultural Center. Oakland, CA.


         First of All… Students of Color Coalition 7th Annual Exhibition. Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland, CA.


         Ode to the Human Worker. Group exhibition curated by Katie Johnson. Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland, CA.


         Love Show: A Valentine Exhibition. Group exhibition of printwork curated by Julianne Villegas. Blatner Print Studio, Oakland, CA.




2017      Rolling Counterpoint Installation, lead artist Taro Hattori. Community Art Project with featured artists. San Francisco, CA.

          Indi●Visible●Lines. Individualized group exhibition, curated by Taro Hattori. College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA.

          Fine Arts Spring Junior Review, Oliver Art Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.


2016     Textales, Narrative Stitches Exhibition at College Avenues Galleries. California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.

         RECLAIM: Students of Color Coalition Group Exhibition. Isabella Percy West Gallery, Oakland, CA.

         Mind Control Art Fair with Nook Gallery. Y2K Gallery. San Francisco, CA.

         Deconstruct the Gaze, curated by Malaya Tuyay. Blattner Print Studios, California College of the Arts, Oakland.

         Show #1, curated by Nook Gallery in Oakland, CA.

         Our Gallery is Your Living Room, A Community Art Residency. College Avenue Galleries, Oakland,CA.


2015      Revisions: 5th Annual Students of Color Coalition Exhibition. College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA.


2014      First Year Honors Program at California College of the Arts. College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA.

          Crossroads: 4th Annual Students of Color Coalition Exhibition. College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA.


RESIDENCIES


2018      KALA Art Institute, Emerging Artist Residency. 4 month period. Berkeley, CA.


AWARDS AND GRANTS


2017     Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship juried by Jikae Hara, Jaime Knight, and invited juror Renee Bott.

         Center for Art and Public Life Micro-Grant, funding Flint to Fruitvale Community Art Project. Hosted by Carmen Flores Community                    Center.

2015     WorldStudio AIGA Scholarships. San Francisco based chapter.




CURATION AND ORGANIZING EXPERIENCE

2020    It’s A Moment: A Communit Exchange. Proarts Gallery, Oakland, CA. 

        Care and Tenderness in Cooperative Cultural Work. Common Field Convening Conference. Houston, Texas.

2019    E.M. Wolfman Monthly Calendar design. Oakland, CA.

        E.M. Wolfman Monthly events and anniversary. Oakland, CA.            

2018    E.M. Wolfman Pop-Up x A Recounting. Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

        First of All… SCC’s 7th Annual Exhibition. Curation for Students of Color Coalition.

        Black Panther Viewing at Jack London Theatre. Organizing on behalf of Students of Color Coalition. 

2017    Organizing of Students of Color Coalition Open Mic at A2 cafe.

        Pop-Up Cultural Center. Oakland Spring Craft Fair, co-curated with Michaela Realiza


        Afro-Comic Con Oakland. Organizing on behalf of Students of Color Coalition.


2016    Student support for CCA Adjunct Unionization, co-organizing with Jessica Lawless of SEIU.

        RECLAIM: SCC’s 6th Annual Exhibition. Co-Curation with Courtney Chung and Nicole Whitner for Students of Color Coalition. Series of               events hosted during this exhibition as follows: Native Hawaiian Entrance Ceremony lead by Courtney Chung and Fonda Yoshimoto,                     Lecture with Faith Adiele, Organize This! workshop lead by Jessica Lawless, Jayonce: Reading Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Charts lead by                   Jaliessa Sipress, Poetry Reading with Tongo Eisen Martin, Musical Performance by Zack Endoso, Adjuncts Unite! event lead by Jessica               Lawless, Know Your Rights Workshop lead by Aaron Gach, History of CCA Martinez Murals lead by Eduardo Pineda.


        Annual Dish Story. Communal potluck and storytelling event for Students of Color Coalition.


        Agency Walk Exercise. Co-lead with Courtney Chung for Students of Color Coalition.

        Cultural Appropriation Open Forum. Open forum discussion open to CCA Community, co-organized with Courtney Chung.


2015    Revision: 5th Annual SCC Exhibition. Co-Curation with Grace Chen for Students of Color Coalition.

        Problematic Fave Workshop. Discussion within Students of Color Coalition.

        Bake Sale funding for Students of Color Coalition.

        Annual Dish Story. Communal potluck and storytelling event for Students of Color Coalition.


PUBLICATIONS

2019    Future Ruins: Seeds in the Wind. Interview appearance. 

2018    E.M. Wolfman Books. E.M Wolfman Quarterly Magazine, Issue. 1.

        Sailor Gonzales. No Rompas Mas, Mi Pobre Corazon. Los Angeles based zine.

2015   
Humble Pie. Humble Pie Volume 11. Publication of CCA Artists.


















Samantha Maria Espinoza


Brown Cuir Libra Girl







it’s been 979 and i am forgetting you (even as i begin this, i am crying deeply)
September 2019
a zine written post almost 3 years of being out of an abusive relationships. 12 pages of risograph prints. 





Altar Centerfold
October 2019
Risograph on Creme Cardstock, 8.5 x 11 in.,
Centerfold of a Risograph Zine



Unhinged
October 2019
Risograph on 8.5 x 11 inch found paper
i look into myself and see a deep anger / i have no need to apologize for it / i see her as my tongue unhinged, reclaiming space. 





Manifesto
2019
Risograph on 8.5 x 11 inch blue cardstock
Queer & Trans liberation 4 black and brown bodies!!! death to all imperial and cpaital powers! we are ever-present, transcendent, & ready to overthrow! these demands are not new!!!



Madresitas
2019
Risograph on 8.5 x 11 inch paper
Commission for Culture Strike, Mother’s Day 
to learn from the lives of womxn before me, to honor their strength and sacrifices and endless love.





Rosas
December 2019
Woodcut Relief on Cotton Muslin, 2.5x2.5 ft dyed with Hibiscus Flower



Asking
June 2018
Relief Print on BFK Paper

“How Do I Ask The World To Love Me Properly In Its Chao”, one linocut print to emerge from the Queer Ancestors Project at SOMArts, San Francisco, CA. 



Inside
July 2018
Relief Print on BFK 

linocut print from Queer Ancestors Project at SOMArts, San Francisco, CA. 

Searching
June 2018
Relief print on BFK

linocut print from Queer Ancestors Project at SOMArts, San Francisco, CA. 








altar room
october 2019
collaborative altar room with Lukaza Branfmann-Verissimo, Malaya Tuyay, Sequoya Akosua Lee and multiple other guest artists. this altar room is dedicated to our past, present and futures. 



quilted letters for my past
october 2019
woodcut relief roses, sewn together to create larger quilt of found, silky fabric. approx 5 ft x 5 ft. framed letters written to my mother, father, abuelito and abuelita with my secret thoughts / things i wish i could fully communicate.





Vestido de mariposas
october 2019
over 600 linocut butterflies on found white silk, silk organza, and various other white fabrics. fits to artist, featured in her video performance “Mariposa.” 



collaborative moment
textiles, painting, relief print
october 2019

a collaborative wall space between Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo (painting in upper hand corner), Sequoya Akosua Lee (painting on butterfly print), and Malaya Tuyay (relief-print of body). 



Quilt for my Heart
(2018) 
20 ft. x 25 ft. 
Reads from left to right: I love my brown body lagrimas dirt alma pain madres kisses my mothers soul the unknown the ones gone too soon all enveloping like dirt water blood my anger is powerful beautiful this is a love letter to you.




Mariposa. Video performance, 2019. 





 



diary entry part i. video experiment, 2016.








first video project interviewing yanira duarte. 2015.






first video work with mother and father, UCLA Apartments off of Sepulveda, Age 8




Show Card for Manzanilla
2018


Family Portrait (linework with gold)
11 x 14 in.
Bristol Paper

Family portrait of womxn in my family, gold overlay.


Family Portrait (full color with gold detail)
10.75 x 14 inches
Bristol Paper

Screenprint of womxn in my family, overlaid with our families origins.



Most recent poster for Students of Color Coalition at CCA. 2015


tlatelolco / ayotzinapa
Screeprints on Bristol
15 x 18 inches
(2014)

two violences in parallel with one another
violence enacted on brown, radical minds and bodies

how much farther have we really come when young protestors are still silenced and killed by the same hands?


yanira la virgen
screenprint and monotype
5 x 6 ft.

part of a large scale representation of my family.



Sopa
Monotype on BFK
11 x 13 inches
2017

sopa de letra from the past
possble reasons for swallowing words


Mom’s Cabinet
monotype on BFK
11 x 13 inches
2017

remembering mother’s home in the west side reminiscing on her tools and comparing my empty kitchen blurring parts of her items.


Fragmented
monotype
24 x 28 inches
2016

fragments on memories, puzzle pieces, more stolen photos from dad’s basement photo albums. sometimes i mistake him for my tios and primos but i don’t always know who they are.






Retracing
etchings on BFK and Reeves
9x12 inches
2014

an idea that we may understand the touch of love, reconfiguring and rewiring vision, the thought, of care. how many times and colors and moments will i remember from you?



Within Intimacy
2018
Drawing
“i crave a normalcy within love that i have not touched - to be loved and  held and respected for lived experiences. i believe in the accumulation of wishing and wanting throughout generations. my body was never really my own.” 


A letter for the signs
collage and monotype, drawing
2018

A brief letter for all the signs and the significant moments I was able to experience with them. 

 

Orange Book
4 x 5 inches
2016

a collection of poetry on orange bristol paper, typewritten. featured in EM Wolfman Quarterly (Issue 1). 


A space to heal
handmade box with monotype and artist’s items
2017
a box holding family secrets and stories and bits and pieces of what I can remember. filled with letters from dad, copal, pottery from mexico, the bust book, nina simone cd, saturday night fever cassette


agua leche pink
monotype accoridon book
2017

on the first shower i took after getting out of an abusive relationship



anger
letterpress on orange cardstock
5 x 4 inches
2016
dedicated to everyone who extends a helping to appear sincere. to those who give fale comfort only to themselves, we see through you.


El Tamal
etching and aquatint
8 x 11 inches
2016
My abuelita Lupe Serna’s hands, making tamales for christmas back in 2010. a lineage in maiz.



Abuela’s Kitchen
6 x 10 inches
2016
other collections from lupe’s dinner table (angel jesus perez calls this my fried chicken print)




Kitchen Space
Etching and aquatint
8 x 11 inches
2016

missing this table on the corner of Downing St. in Five Points, Denver. My abuela’s house, where food never seemed to run out for me. the little things she would leave out for me. 




Concha in the 80’s
etching
8 x 8 inches
2016

My bisabuela concha posing for a picture. 


2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles