Aida Lizalde is a multimedia artist and culture producer originally from Mexico but with deep ties to California's Central Valley and Delta regions. She obtained a Bachelor of Art in Studio Arts and a Minor in Art History from the University of California Davis and is a current candidate for the Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Expanded Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Lizalde's work consists of objects and installations that employ various media including ceramics, paper pulp, construction materials, textiles, and often text, curatorial and other social projects. She uses her artwork to raise questions about power structures and explore cultural identity through narrative and symbolism. Lizalde invites the viewer to consider and empathize with the struggle of navigating the immigration system, the process of assimilating to American culture, and the nuances of having an identity that is continuously shaped by capitalism, neocolonialism, and politics.
Her artwork has been exhibited at Axis Gallery in Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada University Gallery in Tahoe, Holland Project Gallery in Reno, CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in San Francisco, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in Oakland, the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Northern California of Chico, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, SOMArts South of Market Cultural Center of San Francisco, among others.
Lizalde has been a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Young Space Grant, the Hopkins Endowment for Studio Art Students, the Crocker Kingsley Art Award, and the Herb Alpert Scholarship for Emerging Young Artists.