Irma Yuliana Barbosa

B. 12/22/1993
Based in Los Angeles, CA



My practice is an uncontrolled yearning to make something that didn’t exist before—a form of escapism. My mother immigrated from Mexico at the delicate age of sixteen when she was pregnant, so I guess I did too. I was born in Los Angeles a couple months later, and ever since I can remember, I have felt a sense of displacement triggering me to make. The tugging of cultures and gender norms have placed me in a place of grayness in which I feel unsafe and fascinated. From this illuminating presence of absence, I work. Like rust. I use my body as material to shape the weight of my sense of self as well as the self others have formed for me. My work is a continuous exploration contemplating themes of identity, reverie, immobility, sexuality and invisibility by embodying narratives of tension and endurance. I aim to explore cultural and mental perceptions of borders through a radical performative body.



Art BA- University of California: Santa Cruz (2019)

Feminist Studies BA (Culture, Power , and Representation)- University of California: Santa Cruz (2019)


Individual Exhibition

“Room”, Sesnon Underground, University of California- Santa Cruz. (December 2018)

“Rust”, Pink Flamingo Gallery, Moorpark. (April 2015)

Selected Group Exhibitions

“Irwin Show: Identification”, The Sesnon. University of California- Santa Cruz. (April 2018)

"Docent Show", I-5 Gallery, The Brewery. Los Angeles (June 2016) , CA

"A Feminist Perspective", Muzeumm Gallery, Los Angeles. CA (May 2016) 

“Smaller Pieces Installation”, Ventura County. (August 2015)

“Multicultural Day”, Moorpark College. (May 2015 )

“Super Rad Art Show”, The View Gallery. Moorpark College. (May 2015)

"Docent Show", I-5 Gallery, The Brewery. Los Angeles (January 2015) , CA

“Docent Show”, I 5 Gallery, The Brewery. Los Angeles  (June 2015)