Michelle Ceja (b.1988, Los Angeles) is a Mexican-American artist currently based in Tokyo. Her practice started with investigating the sensory experience of contemporary technologies, special effects, fantasy, and computer graphics; materializing these experiences into sculptures, animations, and installations. Currently, she aims to translate her experience with clinical depression and anxiety into works that can act as a catalyst for liberating oneself from the stigma of mental health. She has shown in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Bitforms Gallery, New York; Preteen Gallery, Mexico City; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, and the 10th Lyon Biennale in France.


1988Born in Los Angeles, California
2006 – 2010Bachelor of Fine Arts – Individualized Major, California College of the Arts – San Francisco


2010“M O M E N T U M”Important Projects, Oakland, California
2010“Too Real”California College of the Arts, San Francisco


2020“UGO Festival 2020”ShinOkubo UGO, Tokyo, Japan
2016“TASTE SPA”Manila Institute, New York
2012“A La Fortune Du Pot”Racebrook lodge, Massachusetts
“After_Duccio”Ventenna244, New York
2011“Is This Thing On?”Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
“WET CODE”Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York
“A 21ST CENTURY IDEA OF UNHAPPINESS”Preteen Gallery, Mexico City
“Origins”Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
“Stone Sky Over Thingworld”Bitforms Gallery, New York
2010“B.Y.O.B”Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
“A Diamond Is Forever”Extra Extra, Philadelphia
“Refresh”Axiom Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
“Area/ Zone”Bruce High Quality Foundation University, New York
“R E M E M E B E R 2 0 1 0 ?”online Exhibition
“CHILLERS IN PARADISE”Jstchillin.org, online exhibition
“Avatar 4D”Noma Gallery, San Francisco, California
“Sculpture Storage”LaMaMa Gallery, New York
“Ride Together”California College of the Arts, San Francisco
2009“The Mashup Show”Noma Gallery, San Francisco
“My Biennial Is Better Than Yours (mybiennialisbetterthanyours.com)”10th Lyon Biennale, France
“No Hay Banda”Reference Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
“The Pleasure Is Mine”Spacekraft Pompadour, Paris, France
“Shelfless”The San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California
2008“Banal Strangeness”Kunst Haus Gallery, San Francisco, California