Steffanie Padilla is a conceptual artist working primarily in photography with a practice extending to collage, sculpture and video. Her work explores the complexities of the human-animal relation by analyzing how we look at animals today and cultural traditions found within her Méxican-American identity. In 2016, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from California State University of Long Beach and will now be pursuing an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design this Fall.

Texts I'm thinking about / (re)reading lately:
* Douglas Rushkoff, Coercion: Why We Listen to What “They” Say
* Matthew Brower, Developing Animals: Wildlife and Early American Photography
* Arjen Mulder, Understanding Media Theory
* Carol J. Adams, Object Lessons: Burger
* Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
* John Berger, Ways of Seeing
* Leonard Mlodinow, Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
* Adam Alter, Drunk Tank Pink
* Errol Morris, Believing is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography)
* David Nibert, Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation
* Kate Stewart & Matthew Cole, The Conceptual Separation of Food & Animals in Childhood
* Loughnan, Haslam, Bastian, The Psychology of Eating Animals
* Megan Conrad, LoBue, Learning About Real Animals From Anthropomorphic Media


Born 1989, Riverside, California
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

(downloadable cv here)


MFA Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, 2021 candidate


Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Inaugural by Mother F Stop, SAMple Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
2018  Contemporary PhotographyCICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea
2018  Random Acts of Content, Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside, CA
2018  Taking Pictures, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
2017  Winter Works, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA
2016  Misplacement, Max L. Gatov Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2016 One: Mind, Body, Spirit, Self-Help Graphics & Art, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Features, Interview, and Honors
2019 Cream.mx issue #36, Cruces by Ashley Frangie (print)
2019 Fraction Magazine: Cruces, by Bree Lamb (online feature)
2019 Don’t Smile, Cullare: by Melissa Kreider (book print)
2018 FotoRoom: gnomic book open awards (shortlist)
2018 Photographer’s Forum book: Caballero, by Nell Campbell (finalist)
2018 Aint–Bad: Libertad, by William Glaser (online feature)
2018 C 41 Magazine: Cruces, by Alice De Santis (online feature)
2018 Least Untrue: by Elan Alexander (interview)
2018 Capricious: Cruces, by Ken Casteneda (online feature)
2018 Photo/Foto: Cruces, by Martin (online feature)

Professional Experience
2019 Culver Center of the Arts, Off the Block—Documentary Workshop, UCRiverside (forthcoming)
2018  Photographic Resource Center, Inventory, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
2016  Museum of Latin American Art, Volunteer Assistant, Long Beach, CA
2016  Dig Magazine, Photo Editor/Photographer, California State University, Long Beach