Carolina Hicks is a second-generation Colombian artist, writer, and musician born and raised in Los Angeles. What began as zine-making practice in 2011, spilled into her current nexus of illustration, design, self-publishing, painting, sculpture, video, animation, sound, performance, and engagement. The work is a response to the overwhelming, grief-stricken enmeshment between and amongst the ecological, socio-political, cultural, mental, and identity crises occurring on Earth (from private to planetary in scale). The practice is a fibrous web of emotional and ontological inquiry; forming pockets, symbols, moments, sounds, and objects - in an attempt to find some shards of clarity before Being ceases. 

Her research background (and divergence from) social anthropology informs the consistent impulse to connect the seemingly disparate fibers of Being. A hybrid of ad hoc studio experiments and pedagogical leanings, implementing DIY + punk methodologies, she slips and swims between messy pools of low and high brow, ecology, mental health, critical theory, new media, and visual culture studies. She has participated in residencies at Otis College of Art and Design, CalArts, Malmö University, and with the Los Angeles based collective Loves Remedies. She holds a BA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Art from California Institute of the Art.









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B.1991 Los Angeles 


2016 - 2018   MFA Art, California Institute of the Arts

2009 - 2013   BA Anthropology, San Francisco State University  

2011 - 2012   Academic year abroad, Uppsala University – Sweden 


Group Exhibitions

2019   These Creatures –  Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. Rancho Cucamonga, CA

2019   Nothing Personal –  nationalmuseum. Berlin, Germany

2019   WeRise –  Molino Gallery. Los Angeles, CA

2019   CO/LAB IV –  Torrance Art Museum. Torrance, CA

2019   Workspace Only/No Overnights –  Art in the Park. Los Angeles, CA

2018   An Arm’s Length – La Tierra de la Culebra Park. Los Angeles, CA 

2018   Incognito – Institute of Contemporary Art. Los Angeles, CA 

2018   Extraña Posesión  – Lugar a Dudas. Cali, Colombia

2018   Rattlesnake Bells in the Desert – The Box Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 

2017   I. Am. Erica – New Wight Gallery UCLA. Los Angeles, CA 

2017   Empathy – A402 Gallery. CalArts 

2017   Don’t Put Me in Direct Sunlight: Animation Show – C113 Gallery. CalArts

2017   Here. There. Everywhere: Queer LA Latinx Exhibition – Los Angeles LGBT Center 

2017   The Body as Site of – CSREA Gallery, Brown University. Providence, RI

2014   Líneas Vulnerables – Boys Club Gallerie. Berlin, Germany 


Solo Exhibitions

2018   [I Love You So Much] Thesis Show – L-Shape. CalArts 

2016   Good Mourning: Mid-Residency – Main Gallery. CalArts 

2015   el Dolor de Ser – Blood Orange Gallery. Riverside, CA

2014   Clean Your Room – Nudie Jeans Factory. Gothenburg, Sweden

2013   Clumsy – 638 Hawks. Vancouver B.C., Canada 


2019   Research Assistant + AiR at the Institute of Urban Research/K3, Malmö University – Sweden 

2019   Summer Session AiR at Otis College of Art and Design – Los Angeles, CA

2019   California Institute of the Arts / Experimental Residency SPRING’19 – Los Angeles, CA

2018   2727 California St. – Collaboration with November 2018’s A.i.R, Practical Records: 

           Queer/POC collective + record label, directed by Peter Hernandez. Berkeley, CA

2018   Escuela Incierta at Lugar a Dudas – Cali, Colombia

2014   Närvaro – Studio residency hosted by Berlin Zine Fest. Berlin, Germany 

Lectures + Workshops

2020   CalArts Winter Practicum, “Psychic Hygiene: Praxis is the Doing” [Intensive Workshop]

2019   Praxis is the Doing: Visiting Artist Lecture at K3, Malmö University – Sweden 

2019   Panel guest at "Right to Defiance", Navel. Los Angeles, CA  

2019   Artist talk at Otis College of Art and Design. Los Angeles, CA  

2019   MAPPING: Psychic-cartographies - workshop with Gloria Galvez and the LA Municipal Art 

           Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 

2018   Semiotic Reflection(s): A DIY praxis and parallels to STEM research.

           Guest lecturer at UCSD, November 2018 – San Diego, CA

2018   Intuitive Tools: Self-archiving and artists journals, the works of Paul Thek and Annie Pootoogook.

           Lecture and workshop at 2727 California St  – Berkeley, CA

2018   Intro to Self-Publishing: Artist talk and interactive workshop for 7th grade students. Miraleste 

           Intermediate School – Palos Verdes, CA (repeated annually 2015-2019)

2017   Unpack It: Zine-making and healing. Artist talk and interactive workshop focused on 

           the mental health benefits of self-publishing. In collaboration with Chicago Zine Fest, hosted by 

           Brainstorm Comics – Chicago, IL 

2016   Zines and Healing. Artist talk and interactive workshop on self-publishing and the mental health 

           benefits of self-publishing. Museum of Latin American Art – Long Beach, CA

2014   Mini-Zines, Big Feelings: DIY approaches to coping with mental health issues and self-harm 

           reduction through zine-making, Berlin Zine Fest – Berlin, Germany

Festival Exhibiting 

2019   SF Zine Fest – USA 

2019   LA Zine Fest – USA 

2017   Zine Fronteras –Tijuana, MX

2017   CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) – USA 

2017   SFV Art Book Fair – USA 

2016   LB Zine Fest – USA 

2014   Berlin Zine Fest – Germany 

2014   Copenhagen Zine Fest – Denmark 

2014   Helsinki Comics Fest – Finland

2013   Think and Die Thinking Fest – USA


Published Works

2019   Antologia Zúngale Z3 –  Zúngale Press, DF, MX

2018   Year of the Dog –  Tiny Splendor Press, Los Angeles, CA 

2017   Stay Mad v.1-3. Thick Thigh Collective Press – Los Angeles, CA

2016   Scream Queens Magazine #1. S.R. Press – Oakland, CA

2016   FIX MY HEAD: Conflict, Family, Ritual. Issue 8. Anna Vo – Portland, OR

2016   Gut Flora: A Chapess Zine Anthology. Synchronise Witches Press – Manchester, U.K. 

2015   Signs and Science. C’EST Bon Publishing – Malmö, SE


Grants and Awards

2019   Malmö University’s Institute of Urban Research project grant, Fall 2019 

2017   Chiquita Canyon Landfill Scholarship, 1st place recipient – CalArts

2017   Tom Lawson’s Dean Grant – CalArts 



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