Miguel Arzabe makes colorful and dynamic abstractions - paper weavings, paintings, videos - to recover moments of uncanny human interconnectedness. He starts by looking outward, finding beauty whose time has passed - paper ephemera from contemporary art shows, traditional indigenous textiles, modernist paintings, discarded audio recordings. They are methodically deconstructed, analyzed,reverse-engineered. Drawing from the cultural techniques and motifs of his Andean heritage, Arzabe weaves the fragments together to produce unlikely intersections between form and content, the nostalgic and the hard-edged, appropriation and authorship, failure and redemption.

Arzabe lives in Oakland and is a charter studio member at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco. Arzabe’s work has been featured in such festivals as Hors Pistes (Centre Pompidou, Paris) and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal); and in museums and galleries including MAC Lyon (France), MARS Milan (Italy), RM Projects (Auckland), FIFI Projects (Mexico City), Marylhurst University (Oregon), Berkeley Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has held many residencies including Facebook AIR, Headlands Center for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, and Santa Fe Art Institute. He holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS from Arizona State University, and an MFA from UC Berkeley.


Press and Publications:


What it’s like when ICE detains you, Floricel Liborio Ramos, Guardian US Edition, July 2018

Weaving the present fight with past, Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, March 2018

Dedicated Space, Alisa Carroll, San Francisco Cottages and Gardens, October 2016

The Anti-Fair: Artist-Run Miami Beach, Cara Ober, BmoreArt, 2015

Artists' unusual work redefines painting in ‘Las Cosas Que Pintan’, Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee, 2015

Hacking the view, Andrea Valencia, SFGate, 2014

Q and A, interview by Arianne Gelardin, StoreFrontLab, 2014

Arzabe at CULT, Kenneth Baker, SF Arts and Not, 2014

Two Solo Shows, Leora Lutz, whitehot magazine, 2014

Miguel Arzabe /*Reject Algorithms*/, edited by Bonnie Begusch, Carets and Sticks, 2014

In Conversation, SFAQ, 2014

Experience Landscape in a Different Way, Pam Dillon, Dayton Daily News, 2014

Cover Image, Black Faces White Spaces, UNC Press, 2014.

CULT Objects, Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle, 2013

Official Programmes, Hors Pistes 2011 and 2012, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Signal Fire heats up Artists' Connection with Nature, John Motley, The Oregonian, 2012

The Art of Miguel Arzabe, Michael Abatemarco, Santa Fe New Mexican, 2012

Thin Ice, Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle, 2011

Falling In, Bonnie Begusch, Ampersand Intl Arts, 2011

LAND ART/NM, Radius Books, 2010

Post-Apocalpyse Now, Dewitt Cheng, East Bay Express, 2008