Mario Ybarra, Jr. is a Los Angeles-based artist who creates artworks that he considers forms of portraiture and landscape. Founder of the art collective Slanguage, Ybarra draws inspiration from southern California’s unique mix of inhabitants, history, and street culture for his large-scale multi-media installations and public performances. His artworks not only reflect his experience as a Mexican-American resident of Los Angeles, but also consider the Mestizaje or racial/cultural mixing found in other parts of the world.
Ybarra received his MFA from University of California, Irvine, in 2001. He has had solo exhibitions at Brown Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2009); Bob Van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland (2008); and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, New York (2008). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including Installations Inside/Out: Armory 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California (2009); San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009); Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California (2008); and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (2008).