Pamela Ybañez is an Oakland based artist who works in photography, curation and social engagement projects. Her art deals with personal and social investigations as a way to discuss existing societal conditions around inequality and identity.
Her most recent curation projects include SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, Wailoa Art Center in Hilo and Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland (2018). She has exhibited her work nationwide including at Hallwalls, Site:Brooklyn, East Hawaii Cultural Center, ProArts, and Kearny Street Workshop.
Migration is an important part of Pamela’s life, as she has lived on both the East and West coasts, as well as in Hawaii and hails from the Philippines. During her undergraduate studies she attended a student exchange program at Hunter College in New York City in 2001 and it was during this time she realized that she could be an artist.
In 2003 she entered an MFA program at the University of Buffalo. Upon finishing her degree she served as an adjunct instructor at Villa Maria College and State University of New York at Brockport. In 2005 she was the recipient of S.O.S. grant by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Currently, she serves as a board member to Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland.
"If you have success, if you live an incredible moment of happiness, that happiness is much much much more deep and big if you share with others. You get to the point together. The happiness and the feeling with others... is doubled. You know... this is the point." – Massimo Bottura