Malado Francine (born Malado Francine Baldwin-Tejeda) is an American multi-media artist based in Los Angeles. Her work in multiple media examines the intersection of culture and identity through the re-telling of personal narratives. Outstanding influences in her work include a childhood spent in Dakar, Senegal and Bamako, Mali as the daughter of former Peace Corps volunteers in a mixed-race family. She holds a BA in comparative literature from Swarthmore College, and an MFA in painting from the New York Studio School. She spent more than 15 years living and making art in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in 2013.
Her work is in public and private collections worldwide, including her early film work as a part of Miranda July’s Joanie4Jackie film archive at Bard College and the Getty Research Institute, the William Louis-Dreyfus collection, Kean University, Michael Levine Foundation, and more.
Recent projects include participating in both bi-coastal Every Woman Biennials with a film screening as a part of their “Beautiful Queens” series in New York, and an art-book installation in Los Angeles. A solo show of her 3D-printed sculptures and Inner Light embroideries were shown at The Philosophical Research Society in LA in the summer 2019. Recent group shows include The Los Angeles Center of Photography, PØST Gallery LA, Paul Thiebaud Gallery SF, and Berry Campbell Gallery NYC. Film screenings include Loophole, Il Kino, and Oblomov, Berlin, as a part of a residency program completed in 2019 with Grrl Haus Cinema.