Mario Ayala

Mario Ayala

Born 1991 in Los Angeles, California, Mario Ayala lives and works in Los Angeles. Ayala graduated from The San Francisco Art Institute in 2014 where he was awarded the Yale Norfolk fellowship in 2012. He participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency in 2014. Institutional exhibitions include the biennial “Made In LA 2020: a version”, curated by Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Solo exhibitions include Ever Gold Projects (San Francisco), Loyal (Stockholm), Stems (Brussels), SADE (Los Angeles). Ayala’s works was included in the group exhibition Shattered Glass, curated by Melahn Frierson and AJ Girard at Jeffrey Deitch (Los Angeles) in 2021. Group exhibitions include Massimo De Carlo (London), Ever Gold Projects (San Francisco), Loyal (Stockholm), Club Pro (Los Angeles), The Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco). Ayala’s work is included in public collections of the Hammer Museum, Aïshti Foundation, Arsenal Contemporary and KRC Collection. In his paintings and sculptural installations Ayala creates a singular visual language in his airbrush technique, drawing from California’s vernacular with hints of signage, advertising, tire-shop paintings, auto customization, the codified language of tattoos, and elements of lowrider aesthetics, with a particular attention to mediums associated with the representation of Latinx identity.

Solo and two-person exhibitions

Easy to Be Hard, with Henry Gunderson, Evergold [Projects], San Francisco, CA

Shooby Doo Lang Doo Lang Dong, Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him, Evergold [Projects], San Francisco, CA

AUT Of Body, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Sun Sprawl, with Greg Ito, Club Pro, Los Angeles, CA

Pen Pal at Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA
Seasoned And Embarrassed Like A Wet Dog, SADE, Los Angeles, CA

Group exhibitions

Shattered Glass, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA
Anxiety 2, HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Lxs Angelinxs, Galeria Javier Lopez & Fer Frances, Madrid, Spain

Made in L.A. 2020: a version, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Hundreth Exhibition, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Junque, Massimo De Carlo, London, United Kingdom

Gold Standard: Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition at Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA

The Private Collection of Water McBeer, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, NY

Here’s Looking at You, Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Grinding at Ever Gold, San Francisco, CA

Welcome To The Left Coast, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Summer Group Show at Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
The House Of Special Purpose at 99¢ Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Tomorrow at Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco CA

Something Completely Different, City Limits, Oakland, CA
5 Year Anniversary at Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Locals Only, RVSF, San Francisco, CA

Give + Take, Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA

Residencies and awards

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Received The Yale Norfolk fellowship