Malado (born Malado Baldwin-Tejeda, 1975 in Portland, Oregon) is a Los Angeles based multi-media artist, known for her work in text and image. Her work traces intimate personal and larger geographic and historic memories through symbolically imbued imagery in multiple mediums. 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 of hispanic heritage. She spent more than 15 years living and working in New York City before moving to LA in 2013.
Malado earned a Master’s degree in Painting at the New York Studio School in 2006, and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, with concentrations in Film and Fine Art, at Swarthmore College in 1997. Her work is in public and private collections, including her early film work as a part of Miranda July’s Joanie4Jackie tapes at Bard College and the Getty Research Institute, the William Louis-Dreyfus collection, Kean University, Michael Levine Foundation, and more.
Recent publications include: “Bring back what you can find” a collaborative book project for 7×7 LA with author Iver Arnegard, and “Sacred Object Project” for Our Prime Property.org, and “March 1998” for Txtobjx.com.
Recent art exhibitions include “Gallery Tally” at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and “Play” at LA Municipal Art Gallery, “On Site in 16 Cities” traveling to New York, Berlin, Sydney and Taipei, and “Modern Oracles” at Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY.