MARELA ZACARIAS is a contemporary visual artist. Her work combines painting and sculpture and is characterized by an interest in site specificity, the history contained in objects, and current events.
Zacarias’s wall and free standing sculptures are constructed from window screens and joint compound and painted with original patterns and geometric abstract shapes.
Most recently, Marela completed a 58’ x 11’ permanent sculptural installation for the new American Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. She had her first solo show at the Brooklyn Museum as part of the Raw/ Cooked Series in February 2013; She completed a 60 x 20 permanent outdoor sculpture for Willowell Foundation in October 2012; She was part of the Museo del Barrio’s S-Files Biennial in 2012, the Hunter MFA show at the Times Square Gallery 2012, and participated in a No Longer Empty exhibition in East Harlem in 2010. In addition, Marela has been part of many group shows in galleries in NY and Brooklyn.
A longtime resident of Brooklyn, Zacarias was born in Mexico City. In 2012 she was the first artist-in-residence at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is a graduate of Kenyon College and received an MFA in painting from Hunter College. She has taught mural art in Washington, DC, Connecticut and Mexico City.