Cece Carpio

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Cece Carpio uses acrylic, ink, aerosol, and installations to paint everyday people of displaced communities, sharing their thriving presence, dignity, and power in existence. She documents evolving traditions through combining folkloric forms, bold portraits, and natural elements with urban art techniques. Cece has produced and exhibited work throughout the globe and was awarded the Rockwood Institute Fellowship, NYFA Immigrant Artist Fellowship, a teaching residency at Café R.E.D & La Botica Espacio Cultural at Xela, Guatemala, an artist residency with KulArts at SOMA and Asian Art Museum in SF. She has been commissioned by the City of Oakland, YBCA, UC Berkeley, and OMCA. She served as a Public Art Advisor for the City of Oakland and is currently working as San Francisco Arts Commission’s Galleries Manager. She can often be found with her Trust Your Struggle collective, teaching, and traveling the world in pursuit of the perfect wall.

More on YBCA for Cece Carpio

Public Art

Tend Your Orchard

Cece Carpio and Miguel “Bounce” Perez of Trust Your Struggle


Public Art

The Monument as Living Memory

A Collective Architectural Intervention led by Caleb Duarte

October 12, 2020–April 18, 2022

Art & Civic Experience

Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America?

A Digital Art & Civic Experience

April 1–October 1, 2020