Momo Magallon

Painter and performance artist based in Panama City, Panama

Momo Magallon (1997, Panama) explores the mundane and everyday objects, paying close attention to standardization and variation within objects. Color, texture, and mark-making play an essential role in her artistic process, deviating from a faithful depiction and thus creating her reality. 

In 2019, she graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Studio Art with a focus on painting, she also works in performance, video, and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited both individually and collectively in Panama and the United States. She has been awarded the Susan and Mark Messersmith Art Scholarship, College Leadership Council Six Research, and Creative Grant, and most recently “Fondo de apoyo a la produccion artistica” from the Contemporary Art Museum of Panama. In 2020, she joined the feminist art collective Panama Fem Art Coalition (PFAC) as the youngest member of the group. 

Photography by Jorge Isaac Lopez

Artist Statement

My work investigates mundane narratives, my experience as a young woman, belongingness, space, and place connecting viewer and the material. My gestural technique transcends traditional painting canons focusing on paint as an object and a material that holds as much value as the image being depicted. Through observation, I create unexpected relationships between colors, form, and textures where painting and drawing intersect. My body serves as a vehicle that pushes these orthodox boundaries and further describes the physicality and plasticity of paint. Nature permeates and informs my bold colors making reference to the day to day objects that form portraits of a cosmopolitan tropical upbringing.

Latest Exhibitions

2021     El papel aguanta todo: capitulo 5: refugio

Diablo Rosso

Panama City, Panamá

2021     AQUI

Pop-up exhibition

Gamboa, Panamá

2021     Inferno Tropical

Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo de Costa Rica

Online Exhibition

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