Camille Rose Garcia
Co-founder of the Mercado
Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California, The child of a Mexican activ-
ist filmmaker father and a muralist/painter mother, she apprenticed at age 14 working on murals
with her mother while growing up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland
and going to punk shows with the other disenchanted youth of that era.
Garcia’s layered, broken narrative paintings of wasteland fairy tales are influenced by William
Burroughs’ cut-up writings and surrealist film, as well as vintage Disney and Fleischer cartoons,
acting as critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias, blending nostalgic pop culture
references with a satirical slant on modern society.
Her work has been displayed internationally and featured in numerous magazines including
Juxtapoz, Rolling Stone, and Modern Painter, and is included in the collections of the Los An-
geles County Museum of Art, The Resnick Collection, and the San Jose Museum of Art, which
held a retrospective of her work, entitled Tragic Kingdom, accompanied by a catalog of the same
name. Garcia’s recent book, The Illustrated Alice in Wonderland (published by Harper Collins,)
was a New York Times Bestseller.
Garcia recently moved to the Pacific Northwest after 38 years in Los Angeles.