Libby Paloma was born in Southern California and shortly thereafter was raised in San Francisco, California. Paloma’s work often references these landscapes, as well as the Chicanx and queer culture she was surrounded by for much of her life. Paloma’s work uses storytelling, and family history as narrative devices to challenge stereotypical representations of Latinx people. Paloma uses a variety of materials including thousands of beads, miniatures, relics, and kitschy objects to create magical storytelling assemblages to reflect and think critically about intersectional Latinx and queer identities.
Paloma earned a BA in Liberal Studies and a MS in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University. Recently Paloma has been an Artist in Residence at The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY and was accepted to the Vermont Studio Center residency program for March 2019. Paloma has recently exhibited in a two person show, Chingona Por Vida, at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center Gallery, in Kingston, NY and had new works featured in the group Honoring Our Ancestors by Fighting for Our Future: Día de los Muertos, at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, at The Haunted Mill at The Wassaic Project, in Wassaic NY, and in Vista Panoramica at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY. Paloma will have select assemblages on view in the upcoming exhibition Agrarianaa: Art Inspired by APA Agricultural Roots at SOMArts Cultural Center in May, 2019.
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