American, born and raised in Mexico City. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


 2009- 2012         MFA, Painting, Hunter College, NY, NY.

1996- 2000         B.A, Synoptic major of Fine Arts and Political Science. Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 2000

 Selected Exhibitions:

2016           La Primera Raíz, Solo show at Galería Quinientos Cincuenta, Mexico City, Mexico.

2016             Material Cultures, Group show at BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY.

2016              Warp and Weft, Solo show at Praxis Gallery, NY, NY,

2016              Manna-hatta, 25' x 20' Permanent sculptural installation at The William Vale, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

2015              Sculptural Paintings, Solo show at The National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NY

2014              Barriococo, British Society of American Art, Brooklyn, NY

2014               Do You See the Picture? Praxis Gallery, Chelsea, NY

2014               Red Meander, 58’ x 11’ Permanent Sculptural installation as part of the art collection of the American                                      Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico

2014                 Cloaked and Revealed: Sculptural Paintings by Marela Zacarias. Solo Show. Brattleboro Museum.                                  Brattleboro, VT

2014                   Redux Trois, CCSU Art Gallery, New Britain, CT

2013                   After the Object, Y Gallery, NY, NY

2013                   Supple Beat, Solo show as part of the Raw/Cooked series, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2012                   Azimuth, Willowell Foundation, Bristol, VT

2012                   Clean Up, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2012                   Hunter MFA Thesis Show, Times Square Gallery, NY, NY

2011                   S-Files Biennial, El Museo del Barrio, NY, NY

2011                   Colorforms, Praxis International Gallery, Miami, Fl

2010                   Colorforms, Praxis International Gallery, NY, NY

2010                   Curate NY, Rush Arts Gallery, NY, NY

2010                   Weaving In and Out (Curated by Museo del Barrio and No Longer Empty) Tapestry, East Harlem, NY

2010                   Resonance, Rabittholestudio, Brooklyn, NY

2009                   Mural as a Mirror, Charter Oak Gallery, Hartford, CT

2008                   Imprints, Student Union Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2007                   48 hours, Installation show for 1st Night Hartford. Hartford, CT

2007                   Be our Guest, Broad Street Gallery, Trinity College. Hartford, CT

Selected Murals:

 2010                   Cinta, 50’ x 10’. Chejbal, Guatemala

2010                   Color Nourishment 35’ x 48’. Commissioned by Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University,                                      Middletown, CT

2010                   Conquest, 20’ x 10’. Commissioned by University of Connecticut, Storrs, Ct.

2010                   La Marcha, 61’ x 15’. Oaxaca, Mexico.

2009                   Asalto, 75’ x 10’. Commissioned for the movie Asalto al Cine, Mexico City.

2009                   For the Free Movement of People, 20’ x 8’. Commissioned by Charter Oak Cultural Center. Hartford,                               CT

2008                   Connections, 240’ x 10’. Commissioned by the town of Farmington, CT and Farmington High School.

2007                   The Future is Ours, 50’ x 20’. Commissioned by the North Oak Community Center. New Britain, CT.

2006                   No walls Between Workers, 30’ x 20’. Alexandria VA.

2005                   La Paloma Sabanera, 20’ x 15’. Commissioned by the Hartford Commission for the Arts. Hartford CT.

2002                   Our Heritage, 32.7’ x 7.9’. Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC

2001                   Columbia Heights Community Mural. 140’ x 15’. Commissioned by the Latin American Youth Center.                                 Washington DC

2001                   Horn Gallery for the Arts, 10’ x 10’. Kenyon College. Gambier, OH.

 Artist Residencies:

 Sept 2013       Willowell Foundation, Bristol, VT

July 2011           Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2009-2010         University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2003-2005         Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

2001-2002         Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC

 Awards and Accomplishments:

 2013             Included in Art 21 New York Close Up Series with the following short documentaries: Marela Zacarias's Great Expectations, 2016; Marela Goes Big & Goes Home, 2014; Marela Zacarias's Work Finds a Good Home, 2013.

  2012             Richard Marnin Kaye Award- Given to one MFA graduating student for his/her accomplishment in the                              Hunter MFA Thesis Show