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Momo Magallon

Painter and performance artist based in Panama City, Panama

Momo Magallon (1997, Panama) is a queer painter and performance artist currently living in Panama City, Panama. She also works with drawing, video art, soft sculpture, and installation. Her work explores domestic, urban, and rural spaces, mundane objects inside and outside the genre of still life, belongingness and emotional distress, sexuality, and gender. Occasionally her work will have a more socially engaged approach with investigations surrounding the LGBT+ community, and Panama’s diverse history and culture.

In 2019, she graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Studio Art focusing on painting. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Americas while winning funds and accolades in both the USA and Panama. In 2022 she completed a residency with satisFACTORY art space in Costa Rica and in 2023 she completed a series of works for a pop-up solo show in Guatemala City called “Lineas Divisorias”. Additionally, she has presented two solo shows “Adentro” (2021) and “Mirando las Nubes” (2023) in the local Panamanian gallery Mateo Sariel. 

Since 2020 she is part of 'Panama Fem Art Coalition', which propels projects that support women artists in Panama. Most notably “Vaciar La Categoria” a group show of women artists exploring themes surrounding womanhood in Central America hosted and developed alongside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Panama (MAC Panama). In 2022 she co-founded 'La Busqueda', with Panamanian artists EVADE and Milko Delgado, to create cultural and curatorial projects in Panama City, Panama. La Busqueda has successfully organized exhibitions, performance nights, screenings, workshops, and markets that support and diversify the local artistic community. 


Photography by Susana Aramburu

Artist Statement

My work uses mundane objects in domestic, urban, and rural spaces as a vehicle to engage in deeper conversations of belongingness, emotional distress, sexuality, and gender. My gestural technique focuses on paint as an object and a material that holds as much value as the image being depicted. Pastels, fun mark-making, and thick brushstrokes bring in the viewer, and what initially seems lighthearted and easy to digest later reveals itself as complex personal explorations.


In my performances my body is the vessel to continue exploring the physicality and plasticity of paint while also delving into themes of physical and mental stamina, becoming one with my surroundings, sexuality, and the historic and cultural diversity in Panama.

Latest Exhibitions

2023     Lineas Divisorias (Solo Show)

Pop-up show

Guatemala City, Guatemala

2023     Mirando Las Nubes (Solo Show)

Galeria Mateo Sariel

Panama City, Panama

2023     ActionHere/BeingThere (Denver MOV.)

Understudy Gallery

Denver, Colorado

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