Michelle Andrade was born in Encino, CA. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Michelle has exhibited in Toronto, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Miami, and throughout Southern California. She was also included in the 2019 Mykonos Biennale as well as the 32nd Biennale of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2017. Michelle’s work has been reviewed in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Artillery Magazine, and Art and Cake Magazine.
Michelle’s work engages the leavings of everyday conversation and elements of her personal interior monologue. Brightly colored, whimsical drawings draw the viewer in, but a closer look reveals personal anxieties, struggles, and insecurities. The fragmented phrases that run through her drawings come from her own thoughts, as well as conversations and interactions with others. Taken out of context, these dark and humorous thoughts and phrases, juxtaposed with a playful aesthetic become accessible. That which would traditionally be deemed personal and uncomfortable, allows the viewer to locate themselves in the narratives woven into her diaristic journey.