Drawing of an abstracted landscape

Itzel Basualdo, Landscape (Untitled) (2023). Chalk pastel and pencil on paper. 24 x 18 in. Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard.

Itzel Basualdo (b. Miami, FL) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working across drawing, painting, sculpture, video, sound, and installation. The subject matter of her work ranges widely but ultimately seeks to destabilize systems and structures of power. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BFA in visual arts with a minor in art history from Florida International University. She was one of the co-founders of the artist-led research collective R.I.C.O. R.O.B.O., and was also a member of the New Museum’s art, tech, and cultural incubator NEW INC (Years 8 & 9). She’s published a few poems, two short stories, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018.

About Smack Mellon

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.