Griselda Rosas (born in Tijuana, Mexico) is an artist and art educator working between Tijuana and San Diego. She explores themes of cultural hybridity as they relate to identities through her works that consists of textile art, collage, painting, drawing and curating. Her work is guided by her experiences living and working between San Diego and Tijuana in the US/Mexico border region, an area in constant migratory flux.
Through the study and deconstruction of symbols in colonial history, Rosas’ work is a wide-lensed study of the entrenched amalgamation of religions and cultures in modern day Mexico. Her work encompasses the study of traditional costume clothing and religious regalia and its relationship to European costume clothing – such as the Oaxaca headdress from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the Elizabeth ruff collar. It’s also shaped by early known drawings of Mexico’s indigenous people after the Spanish conquest and the arrival of Catholicism, and critically by the exploration of motherhood, as symbolized through several works on paper that start with a gestural pencil or crayon mark made by her young son. She creates by applying stories, objects, and textiles obtained from the Tijuana/San Diego region and using the border itself as a medium of commerce and dialogue with the “other” side.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking in 2006 at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, as well as her Master of Fine Arts in sculpture in 2013. After completing graduate school, she joined a teaching association at San Diego State University, and has taught; drawing, painting, and embroidery as an adjunct professor from 2013 to 2022. Solo exhibitions include Yo te cuido at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2023); Forged Dialect, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA (2022); and Regata Abscisa, Oceanside Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (2020). Notable group exhibitions include, Stories from My Childhood, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL (2022); Cannon Gallery Ninth Invitational exhibition, Carlsbad, CA (2022); First International Festival of Manuports, Kohta, Helsinki, Finland (2021); and San Diego Art Prize Exhibit, Bread & Salt, San Diego, CA (2020); among others.