Ana Serrano is a first-generation Mexican American and is inspired by the intersection of her dual cultural identities. She is best known for creating work that references the built environment using brightly-colored cardboard and paper. While her work highlights the socio-cultural and architectural elements of urban life found in Latino neighborhoods all across the US, she is very much inspired by her hometown of Los Angeles, California. She is especially captivated with how residents alter and adorn their dwellings, as well as the connections between plant life and man-made constructions. 

Ana Serrano was born in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BFA with Honors degree from Art Center College of Design (2008). She has exhibited her work in solo and group museum exhibitions, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Vincent Price Art Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art and the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Her work is held in private and public collections, including the AltaMed Art Collection, Los Angeles and the Phyllis & Ross Escalette Collection of Art at Chapman University.  Her work has been featured in the magazines Artillery Magazine and American Craft, and in a number of design books including Juxtapoz: Handmade (cover, Berkeley; Gingko Press, 2009) and In the Company of Women (Artisan Press, 2016). She is currently represented by Bermudez Projects in Los Angeles, CA. Serrano lives and works in Portland, Oregon. 



Born in Los Angeles, CA 1983

Currently lives & works in Portland, OR



BFA with Honors, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, 2008



2018   La Yarda, Bermudez Projects (NELA), Los Angeles, CA

2018   Homegrown, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

2013   A Daydreamer's Street, Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA

2013   Living Walls, Sarratt Gallery, Nashville, TN

2012   Pretty Monumental, University Art Gallery at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA

2011    Salon of Beauty, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX (catalogue)



2018 Construyendo Puentes/Building Bridges, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, MX (catalogue)

2017   The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)

2017   Emigdio Vasquez and El Proletariado de Aztlan, Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Orange, CA (catalogue)

2016   Southland, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016   The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

2015   Somewhere over el Arco Iris: Chicano Landscapes; 1971 - 2015, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

2015   The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

2014   5th Chicana/o Biennial, MACLA, San Jose, CA

2014   This is Not a Self-Portrait, CSUN Art Gallery, Northridge, CA

2014   Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2013   Pop to the Rescue, MACLA, San Jose, CA

2012   Crossing Cultures: Ethnicity in Contemporary America, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID

2011    Mapping Another L.A., Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)

2009  Giant Robot Biennale 2, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2009  Papershapers, curated by Eric Nakamura, Scion Installation Space, Culver City, CA

2009  Emergency Landing, Tropico de Nopal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008  Ofrendas, Tropico de Nopal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008  East of Eden, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Hollywood, CA



Judy Graeme, "Artist Ana Serrano creates an unusual garden in Pasadena," LA Observed, January 22, 2018.

Solvej Schou, "Cartonlandia y Chalino: Alumna Ana Serrano's Cardboard Sculptures Part of Exhibit Featuring Latino Artists," Dot Magazine, October 12, 2017.

Annabel Osberg, "Ana Serrano shifts her Latino neighborhoods," Artillery Magazine, September/October 2017. 40-44.

The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility, 2017, Exhibition catalogue.

My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o Identity in Orange County, 2017, Exhibition catalogue.

"Coming Through," American Craft: Vol 77 No 4, August/September 2017. 96.

In the Company of Women, Artisan Press, New York, NY, 2016

Annie Werbler, "What's In Your Toolbox: Ana Serrano," Design Sponge (blog), December 14, 2015. 

Melody Soto, "Ana Serrano creates worlds of Cardboard and Paper," KCET's Artbound, May 2, 2014.

Caroline Chamberlain, "L.A. Designer: Ana Serrano Creates Colorful Cardboard Cities," KCRW's DnA, March 26, 2014.

Alissa Walker, "Ana Serrano: Everyday L.A, captured in cardboard and paper," Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2013.

Alissa Walker, "An Almost Life Sized Version of L.A., Done Totally In Cardboard," Fast Co. Design, November 14, 2011.

Ebony Porter, "Ana Serrano: Salon of Beauty,Literal, Latin American Voices: Issue 27, Winter 2011. 30-35.

Latino-Gráfico: Visual Culture from Latin America, Gestalten, Berlin, Germany, 2010

Illustration Play 2: An Expedition to the Extraordinary, Viction:ary, Hong Kong

Juxtapoz Handmade, Gingko Press, Berkeley, CA, 2010

Lamono: Number 62, April 2010

American Style: August 2009

Beyond Architecture: Imaginary Buidings and Fictional Cities, Gestalten, Berlin, Germany, 2009

Step Inside Design Magazine: Volume 25 Number 1



AltaMed Art Collection, Los Angeles, CA

The Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman University, Orange, CA


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