Stephanie Mercado is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work is influenced by her life growing up as a working-class Angeleno.
Born and raised in Boyle Heights in a family of artisans, Stephanie grew up spending time in her mother’s fabric store, her grandfather’s upholstery business, surrounded by seamstresses and creative workers. Her experience growing up around tradespeople introduced her to the tools, craft and strong work ethic that is necessary to survive in Los Angeles.
In 2020 Metro Art LA selected her work for the Silver Linings series and she was awarded a Printer Training Program artist residency at Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, NM. In 2019 she received a Career Development Award from the International Print Center New York (IPCNY). She has exhibited internationally including exhibitions in Norway, Italy, and Spain.
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX, Tamarind Institute of Lithography’s archives at the University of New Mexico, the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA and the Fortwayne Museum of Art, IN.
Stephanie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from California State University Long Beach.
Stephanie Mercado’s imagery explores the proverbial American Dream and the psychology of labor. Her prints are constructed from hand-printed elements on colored paper – flowers, household items, images from folklore and American pop culture. The pieces are arranged to form narratives that represent growth and flowering into being. Previous bodies of work have examined and interpreted how history is recorded through the fusion of historical imagery with contemporary pop-culture. The intermixing of the elements reveal how the power of images has influenced American culture.