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Janeth Aparicio Vazquez (b. Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles,CA based) is a first-generation Chicana artist and historian as curandera of Mixtec descent. Her work spans ink and graphite drawing, murals, and crafts-based mixed-media installation. Aparicio uses this range of materials to create tender offerings to her communities: past, present, and future. She is interested in creating personal cartographies of the ecologies and histories of South Central, Los Angeles, and Mexico to facilitate inner-knowing. With these 'medicinal' histories Aparicio-Vazquez seeks to, in the words of scholar Aurora Levins Morales, "re-establish the connections between peoples and their histories, to reveal the mechanisms of power, the steps by which their current condition of oppression was achieved... but also to reveal the multiplicity, creativity, and persistence of resistance among the oppressed." 


Aparicio Vazquez has exhibited most recently at Superchief Gallery (Los Angeles,CA, 2023), Tlaloc Studios (Los Angeles, CA, 2022), the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz, CA, 2022), and Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA, 2019). The artist has most recently installed a mural at Dr. Owen Lloyd Knox Elementary School (Los Angeles, CA, 2024) and another public art mural in collaboration with the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory at Salazar Park (Los Angeles, CA, 2023). Aparicio Vazquez has earned awards such as the California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Award: Emerging Artist (Los Angeles Performance Practice for LA County, 2023), Collective Power Fund (Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA, 2022), and the Artist Recovery Grant (Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA, 2021). She holds a BA in studio art and art history from Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA).

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