Current Exhibitions

Artist Residency: Victor-Mario Zaballa

October 20 – November 6, 2022

The Artist Residency program is a public programming initiative in celebration and support of California’s diverse arts community. Through dynamic art displays and participatory gallery experiences, the Museum invites visitors to connect more deeply with our resident artists and their work.

Widely celebrated for his community driven art projects, Victor-Mario Zaballa’s artist residency NECAUHCAYOTL, Gratitude Memento, Recuerdo de Gratitud, will include a large-scale Lantern installation and community altar inspired by and erected for the Día de los Muertos holiday.

Meet the Artist

In the Galleries                           Thursday to Saturday      October 20 -November 6

Evening with the Artist             Thursday, October 27     5:30 to 6:30 pm

Free Family Fun Day                 Saturday, October 29     11:00 am to 1:00 pm


About the Artist

Born in Mexico City in 1954, in a world where modern and traditional cultures coexist, Victor-Mario Zaballa cites early exposure to museums and music as formative experiences in his artistic life. Drawing from the rich history and symbolism of his Mexican heritage, Zaballa’s work merges the ancient and the modern. He integrates new materials and technology with traditions of altar making and folk-art regalia to forge a contemporary practice that synthesizes his diverse interests in art, science, spirituality, and social consciousness.
Zaballa is an established and prominent member of the San Francisco arts community. His public art projects include San Francisco’s BART Station at 16 & Mission Street, performances at Davies Symphony Hall, the Exploratorium, and New York’s Lincoln Center. In 2021, Zaballa’s work was featured at the SOMArts Cultural Center. He has also received awards for his traditional feather work and altar making.

Image: Victor-Mario Zaballa, The Inheritance, altar installation, 2020. Image courtesy of the Artist.