Stephanie Mercado is a multidisciplinary artist and art administrator. 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. Her creative practice is a combination of trades and media, including painting, printmaking, fabric sculpture, video and design.
She is also an art administrator, passionate about empowering people to explore their creative potential and increasing access to art education and cultural experiences . She believes art and culture have the ability to teach people to design one’s life and help one manifest their goals and dreams through the power of imagination and creative thinking. As an art administrator Stephanie has managed an art gallery working with hundreds of artists, designers, curators and scholars. She has worked in the film industry as a costume-maker and as an archives and production assistant. Stephanie has also worked in development to help increase access to art education to the communities of East Los Angeles. She is on the board of directors for the California Society of Printmakers a 110 year old international printmaking organization and is a member of Art Table, a national organization of women in the arts.
Stephanie Mercado's imagery explores the proverbial American Dream and the psychology of labor. She fuses traditional printmaking with experimental practices. 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.
Stephanie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from California State University Long Beach. In 2021, she was awarded a community focused public art mural for the 3rd & Dangler affordable housing complex in East Los Angeles, by National CORE. In 2020 she was awarded a Metro poster commission for their Silver Linings Series and an artist residency at Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Norway, Italy, Spain and British Columbia. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of Metro Arts LA, the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, Tamarind Institute of Lithography’s archives at the University of New Mexico, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, Georgia.