Berenice V Badillo

Chicana Muralism

About the Artist

Berenice is a Spanish speaking Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, illustrator, muralist, and multimedia artist. She is an immigrant from Mexico and has found herself straddling intertwined cultural and subcultural identities her entire life. She illustrated an award-winning book “Am I Blue or am I Green?” that explores the identity and impact of a boy’s life with parents that are undocumented in the United States. Berenice strives to document and encourage the creation of communal cultural wealth through murals, sculpture, pop up art galleries and in the co-creation of counter stories. Berenice believes that there is an importance in representation and sees art expression as a means to both amplify the voices of BIPOC and disseminate the stories of their community where it can be witnessed on a grand scale. Berenice is a Chicano Park muralist, has a doctorate in Art Therapy and is a (SEL) social emotional learning consultant. Berenice is the co-founder of XoQUE art in motion an all women multi-media group determined to evoke change on how the U.S./Mexico border is portrayed and represented in the cultural imaginations. Badillo started her career as a community muralist mentoring homeless youth. She co-created a monthly hip hop event called ELEMENTAL that showcased the art of local youth and developed after school programming that was recognized by the city of San Diego and the state of California. She was a MANA Honoree (Mexican-American Women’s National Association) in recognition for “Outstanding Work and Dedication to the Community through Arts and Culture” and became a Community Fellow through The California Wellness Foundation Violence Prevention Initiative. Her work has appeared in many galleries and group shows including at the Havana Biennale, Insite 97 and the Tamaro Contemporary Art Exhibit in Tokyo, Japan.




Chicana Muralism


Production, Workshops

Other: installations, murals

Program Participant

Living Cultures Grant Recipient

Offerings Location

In-person services, Online/remote services


San Diego



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