Maya Mackrandilal

Los Angeles, CA

Maya Mackrandilal is a transdisciplinary artist, writer, and arts administrator based in Los Angeles. She is a mixed-race woman of color with roots in the Caribbean, South America, South Asia, East Asia, and West Africa. Her artwork currently strives to imagine radical futures for women of color solidarity and liberation. Her writing focuses on issues of race, gender, and labor within the art world. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She received her BA in Studio Art with a minor in English from the University of Virginia, where she was awarded an Auspaugh post-baccalaurate fellowship.

Her work has been shown nationally, including at the Chicago Artists Coalition, THE MISSION, and the South Side Arts Incubator in Chicago as well as the Abrons Art Center and Smack Mellon in New York. In Los Angeles, she has was included in the 2018 Juried Exhibition at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the MexiCali Biennial show Calafia: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art. She recently presented #NEWGLOBALMATRIARCHY Performance and Poetry Night at the Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery, an installment in an ongoing series of collaborative projects and events. She is featured in Queering Contemporary Asian American Art, an anthology edited by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe (University of Washington Press, 2017). 

Her critical essays have appeared in 60 Inches from Center, MICE Magazine, contemptoary, and The New Inquiry. Her creative writing has appeared in Skin Deep and Drunken Boat.

She tweets about art, politics, and culture @femme_couteau. Her internet art persona, the Goddess Lakshmi, is on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as @globalmatriarch