A native of Santa Marta, Colombia, Josefina Jacquin’s family moved when she was thirteen years old to Cartagena, a beautiful colonial town located on the Caribbean coast. Josefina studied art at the Universitá Internazionale dell’Arte in Florence. She obtained her BA at San Francisco State University (1995), and her M.F.A. at The San Francisco Art Institute (1997). Josefina has consistently exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically at The de Young Museum, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Museum of the Legion of Honor and in numerous institutions both in the United States and overseas. Josefina has collaborated and worked as a visiting artist with the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco and is currently working as an artist in residence at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Her work has also been included in permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in Cartagena, Colombia. Currently, she lives in Oakland, California where she maintains her studio.
My work is often political, frequently dealing with cultural identity, the immigrant experience, language and war. My best-known piece is The California Lottery. It was the first part of a body of work inspired by the Mexican Lottery and was in response to the 1994 anti-immigrant Proposition 187, introduced in California. This silkscreen print was conceived as a temporary public work for display at the Art in Market Street Project of San Francisco. It was my opportunity to contest the rising xenophobia in California and to address the wide use of of “Spanglish” in everyday life.