Aida Lizalde (b. 1990, Mexico) is a multimedia artist and activist based in the Delta region of California and living in Sacramento.
"Aida Lizalde is an up-and-coming ceramic sculptor and multidisciplinary artist. Although she is working toward her B.A. in art from UC Davis, she is already making ambitious work that rewrites postwar minimalism in concert with narratives on identity and labor.
Working with ceramics and commonplace construction materials, she uses her body and repetitive gestures to craft tersely poetic objects. “For throwing and for rising,” 2017, is arguably one of the strongest pieces in the show. Two particleboard boxes, made to stack precisely to the measurements of the cement blocks that support them, are filled with fist-sized chunks of ceramics and concrete mix.
The ceramic chunks are imprinted with the glaze-stained knuckle punches that formed them. Like the work of Ana Mendieta and Rona Pondick before her, Lizalde deploys distortion and fragmentation to reassert her connection with the earth, using her body to create trace evidence of visceral experience."
-Julia Couzens, January 2017
Her work has been exhibited at Gearbox Gallery in Oakland, the Museum of Northern California of Chico, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Beacon Project Sacramento, SOMArts South of Market Cultural Center, The Latino Center of Art and Culture of Sacramento, and Axis Gallery. She has curated visual arts content for Placeholder Magazine and Axis Gallery and has been a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Young Space Grant, the Hopkins Endowment for Studio Art Students, the Crocker Kingsley Art Award, and the Herb Alpert Scholarship for Emerging Young Artists among others.