Paolo Salazar is a San Francisco-based artist and educator, originally hailing from Baguio City, Philippines. Interweaving pop culture with personal experience, Salazar’s work investigates the awkward terrain in which American culture constructs Asian masculinity. Narratives are entangled with the language of mischief, athletics, and camp to examine themes of hybrid identities and domesticity.
His work has been exhibited at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum Historical Society, Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, the San Francisco Pistahan Festival, as well as in bathrooms, candy stores, and dive bars. Salazar has also completed public murals and private commissions around the country. After several years of curating local art shows, he opened Lower Branch Art Gallery in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. He has led hands-on art experiences with the Filipino arts organization Kularts, as well as mural arts workshops at the Bayanihan Community Center in San Francisco. Ultimately, Paolo is inspired by bringing people together in friendship and creative collaboration.