Stephanie Syjuco

b. 1974, Manila, Philippines
Lives and works in Oakland, California

Stephanie Syjuco works in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing and archive excavations. Using critical wit and collaborative co-creation, her projects have leveraged open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. Recently, she has focused on how photography and image-based processes are implicated in the construction of racialized, exclusionary narratives of history and citizenship.

In 2019/2020, Syjuco was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC. She is featured in Season 9 of the acclaimed PBS documentary series Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century. Recent exhibitions include ‘Stephanie Syjuco: The Visible Invisible’ at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, Texas; ‘Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States’ at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri; ‘Being: New Photography’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; ‘Public Knowledge’, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and ‘Disrupting Craft: the 2018 Renwick Invitational’ at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Concurrently with Native Resolution at Catharine Clark Gallery, Syjuco is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland titled ‘Vanishing Point (Overlay)’.

Syjuco received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, and a 2020 Tiffany Foundation Award. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at MoMA/P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, The 12th Havana Bienal, The 2015 Asian Art Biennial (Taiwan), among others. Syjuco’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Saint Louis Museum of Art, Missouri; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, among others. A long-time educator, she is an Associate Professor in Sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley.

Biography information from, April 2022

Country: Philippines