Pamela Ybañez is an Oakland-based artist who works in photography, curation, and social engagement projects. Her artwork uses personal and social investigations as a way to discuss existing societal conditions around inequality and identity. Her most recent curatorial projects include RESISTANCE at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, Burnt Rice at Wailoa Art Center in Hilo, and a forthcoming exhibition at Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland in 2018. She has exhibited her work nationwide including at Hallwalls, Site:Brooklyn, East Hawaii Cultural Center, ProArts, and Kearny Street Workshop.
Ybañez was born in the Philippines and has lived on both the East and West coasts, as well as in Hawaii. 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 the 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 a recipient of the SOS Grant by the New York Foundation for the Arts. She currently serves as a board member to Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland.